"You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this, I have no doubt."
What David wrote in Psalm 139 is confrontingly confident. Can you imagine having the confidence to write what David wrote in Psalm 139? Can you imagine having the confidence to believe about yourself what David wrote in Psalm 139?
I grew up reading teen magazines that put an image in front of my eyes of perfection, so as a young impressionable woman I idolized women who looked a certain way because that was the type of body that was in front of my eyes, the type of body that was worthy enough to be photographed, printed in color and sold on magazine racks. A body that was taller than mine, skinnier than mine, had smoother skin than mine, a more perfect nose than mine, a better shape than mine … Like most women I know, I grew up thinking my body was not good enough. Wishing I looked different. There were moments of satisfaction when I compared myself to other people, but inevitably someone prettier would be on the magazine cover or would walk in the room and once again I wasn’t good enough.
Sadly this is the story of most women I talk to. So the idea that I could “praise [God] because of the wonderful way You created me” was almost laughable. That scripture was probably replaced with a new version: “Pray to God for the body I wish He had given me”! But when we meet Jesus, our worldview begins to change, the hateful self-loathing subsides as we discover He made our bodies beautiful and diverse, fearfully and wonderfully. It was fallen man who decided a certain body type was good enough to grace the front cover of a magazine and, in turn, made everyone else feel less-than-worthy. It was fallen man who created fashion industry standards that perpetuate an unhealthy epidemic of eating disorders. It was man, not God.
To God, you are a masterpiece, beautifully formed. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Firstly, God created us in His own image—all of us, not just a size 0 model, all of us carry His image. Then after God created humanity, He looked at what He had created and said “very good,” not just good but very good. When He looks at you He is pleased by what He has created and He says, “Very good!”
Personally I value God’s opinion, and if I am formed in His image, then I think it might offend Him if I loathe myself, His image! As women formed in the very image of God, we can be confident that He doesn’t make mistakes. Your body, the way you think and feel, He didn’t make a mistake on you. He didn’t just slap you together as an after-thought. You, my friend, carry immense value in the eyes of the Father. He looks at you in adoration with the love of a Father who sent His one and only son so you could know His love. So you could know Him. So He could restore your self-image, heal you, tell you how valuable you are to Him, how seen you are and how loved you are.
To echo Pauls words in Romans 12:6, “So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”
So girls, “let’s just go ahead and be what we were beautifully and wonderfully made to be.” You have permission to redefine beauty, permission to walk confidently in who He created you to be—and to set a generation of women free from the bondage of “not good enough.”