Reading Psalm 139:13-18
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.
Over the past few weeks I have seen two images that have reminded me about how we are all wonderfully made by God. The first happened a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately my mum had fallen backwards in the garden and had landed badly on one of her hands. This resulted in a trip to A&E followed by an afternoon spent at the fracture clinic for the two of us. While at the fracture clinic (she had broken her arm in the fall) she had to have an x-ray to check that everything was as it should be following the rather impressive purple plaster cast that had been put on her arm. The very nice gentleman who carried out the x-ray invited me to accompany mum right into the x-ray room, so I was able to stand behind the screen and see exactly what he was doing. I could see the images of mum’s hand and arm with all the bones clearly on show. Our hands are incredible, we take them for granted so much of the time.
The second image came about as the result of going to the opticians yesterday. Rob and I were there for our regular two yearly check-up and as part of the process they took a picture of the back of my eyes. The optometrist showed me the images of my eyes and explained what I was looking at. It was amazing to think about how I am able to see. Our eyes are incredible and like our hands we take them for granted unless they deteriorate or we damage them so that they stop working properly.
These two images, the one of mum’s hand and the one of my eyes reminded me of the verses from Psalm 139.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are God’s creation. We are amazing, each one of us, and we should praise God for what he has done. We might not be as tall as we would wish or have the colour eyes that we feel we would like, but that does not stop us being wonderfully made, each one of us.
Over the past couple of weeks many have marvelled at what human beings are capable of achieving as they have watched the Olympics; may we take time to marvel at the creator who created us in the first place.
Thank you God that I am wonderfully made by you. May I never take for granted the creation of your hands that I can see all around me.