May 1

Life With God Comes First: The Rock

“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” (Psalm 139:14-16)

Our church is blessed to have many artists in it, and their artwork adorns the walls. The piece of artwork I’m most drawn to is a painting in the hallway leading from the sanctuary to the Connecting Center—it’s of a bunch of rocks partially covered by water. I love one rock in particular—the one in the bottom left. There’s half an inch peeking up above the water, and that bit is brown and grey and dusty and grimy. But below the water it’s magnificent! It’s a fiery orange, shot through with gold flecks.

Most days I feel like the top of that rock. I’m covered with the dust of life. The pallor of bills. The filth of self-doubt. But that’s not me—and it’s not you. We’re a fire, fearfully and wonderfully made. Our Maker wants to wash us clean to shine. To reflect him. I’m never more aware of my worth than when I’m spending intentional time with him.

Action: Find a dusty and dirty rock, wash it off, and put it in a place you’ll see it often. When you see it, thank God that he defines your worth and your beauty. (And check out that painting the next time you’re in the church!)

Family Discussion: Watch this YouTube video - (you could stop at 5:20) and ask the following questions:

Why is it so disarming for these people to be called beautiful? Do you think of yourself as beautiful? Why or why not? Do you think God finds you beautiful? Why or why not? How does the world define beauty? How does God define it?