I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Facts and Reasons
Too often we forget what went into our making. We take our existence for granted as a random act of nature. But when we do this, we minimize a truth we must never forget. God planned it this way. We’re here by His Will, not coincidence.
How unfortunate that so many get bogged down in the Creation vs. Evolution debate. It’s entirely possible to accept evolution as documented history and embrace creation as the real story. Evolution gives us the facts. Creation gives us the reasons. One version answers questions the other doesn’t. Genesis just as easily could have opened with Darwin’s explanation. That would tell us everything we want to know about our history as a species. Instead, it tells us everything God wants us to know about why He made us and why we’re here.
Setting aside our history, what’s our story? As Genesis tells it, God created the universe, the world, and everything in it by His word. When our moment came, however, He did something different. Rather than speak us into existence, He personally molded us to look like Him. Instead of commanding us to live, He breathed His life into us.
Humanity’s first memory isn’t waking up in a new world. It’s being cradled in God’s hand. We didn’t draw our first breath from the atmosphere. Our lungs filled with God’s essence—His eternal life and presence. This constituted His template for every man and woman since then. Each of us arrives held in His hand, filled with His inspiration.
Be Who You Are
You are God’s ultimate creation and finest accomplishment, distinctly made to express His presence in the world. He shaped you for His purpose, specifically creating you to be who you are and do what only you can.
You are fearfully, wonderfully made—God’s awesome achievement, His masterpiece. Know that. Be that.
Personal Postscript: Being Playlist
At moments when I lose touch with my sense of being, I pull off to the side, shut out everything and everyone else, dim the lights, and let these songs speak to me:
- All I Ever Have to Be – Amy Grant
- If I Were a Tree – Andrae Crouch
- Wonderfully Made – The Waiting
- Because of Whose I Am – Karen Harding
- Breathe – Byron Cage
- I Think I Can Hear You – Carole King
- Glorious – Martha Munizzi
- Abide in Me – West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir
- God Made Man – NewSong
- Breathe Into Me – Israel Houghton & New Breed
- Living in Me – Barry Blaze
- I Was Created to Worship – Straight Gate Mass Choir
- All I Must Do – Kathy Troccoli
- My Life Is In Your Hands – Kirk Franklin