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Do you ever wonder why God made you how you are? Complete with imperfections, struggles, weaknesses… I do.

I thought about this most tonight. Two of my wonderful brothers have been at school ceaselessly {in other words: not at Urban Vision} rehearsing for a play and so tonight, I went to go see it. I took my dear Jamie along, though she had already seen it, just to go and have fun together. The play was quite amazing. I must admit, they have talent. But I think what I failed to take into consideration was that it was about…well… Anne Frank. Not exactly a happy-ending, beautiful story.

Uh, yeah. So midway through the first half I felt sick and at intermission, Mom decided I needed to go home. She’s had enough of me being sick {16+ hours on an airplane did it for her} and she didn’t want to take any chances. I was so mad. I thought, “Lord, why can’t I handle this? It’s just a dumb play…” Jamie commented, “Michelle, you’re just emotion-sick.

Why? Why couldn’t I watch “End of the Spear” without the very same thing happening? Why did it hurt so much to be in the Burmese political prisoner museum in Thailand? Why?

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are My work, the product of My hands. You are perfect in My eyes – I love you, and you are made exactly for what I have planned for you. There’s only one of you, and you reflect Me in a way no one else could. I delight in you. 

Hopefully, you guys don’t struggle with that. But either way, I just wanted to use this occasion to remind you that you are perfect in God’s eyes…and that God will use your imperfections for good. I’m starting to learn this myself – like I mentioned in the last post, I really struggle with grasping how God delights in me. Our weaknesses included. We don’t have to perform to be loved.

This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. And I pray that it blesses you wherever you are :).

 Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

~2 Corinthians 12:7b-10

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