Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Below the Surface

Photo Credit, David Niblack,

For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.
My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.
Psalm 139:13-16 HCSB

God never fails to meet me during VBS week. This year our church is using the Lifeway theme "Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface." The kids have spent the week looking at popular Bible stories and digging deeper to find truths about who Jesus is. While they have studied about Zacchaeus, the blind man Jesus healed with mud, Nicodemus, and others, God has been teaching me lessons too.

God has reminded me that He created my precious children and me just the way we are, and He makes no mistakes. He has reminded me of His constant love and care for us and has helped me to walk in peace instead of fear and anxiety. He knows me. He knows my children. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures, and He loves us anyway.

When I think about finding truth below the surface, I can't help but think of my precious younger daughter and her struggles. Through the years, some specialists have wanted to talk about her as though she is a diagnosis, and I quickly reminded them that she loves to dance, makes us laugh constantly, and enjoys drawing pictures and making craft projects. 

Each one of us is more than what others see. God knows the truth, and when we take the time to get to really know one another and see each other as God sees us, we will find that truth too---and hopefully an extra dose of kindness and compassion as a result.

Pray: Father, please help each of us to take the time to look at those around us the way you do, to see below the surface of the facades we all wear to the true people within. Help us to have compassion and love for one another as well as huge amounts of grace. Help us to open up to others so they can see us for who we truly are, so that others will find relief and hope in knowing they are not alone. Amen.

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