Take a long look in the mirror right now and tell me what you see.
Hips too thin, waist too fat, arms too flabby.
Look closer. Tell me what you see.
Eyes too far apart, nose too flat, acne scars too deep.
Closer. Look deeper. Don’t you see what I see?
There, right there, swimming in your eyes, reflecting the very depths of your soul.
Beautiful. Breathtaking. The image of the Maker.
You are not an accident. You are not a mistake. God did not create you for the sake of creating. God did not create you out of boredom.
Nothing could come to being out of boredom.
No, like a masterpiece in the hands of an Artist, you were created out of inspiration and love and color bursting. He picked you up and held you close. Face-to-face, nose-to-nose, He breathed life into you. Air from His lungs flow in yours.
Fearfully and wonderfully made – this is who you are.
But maybe you could no longer recognize the face in the mirror. Maybe you’ve hidden behind layers of makeup and clothes and success, afraid that your flaws may be seen; playing your part well, thinking that if you can convince other people that everything is okay, you’ll believe it too. You’ve labored away, hammering walls to keep discerning eyes out and building shiny Christian-dreams of perfection only to find yourself hitting the glass.
Have you shattered?
Love, He does not mind picking up the pieces. He can deal with your mess. Christ didn’t come for those who have it all together; He came for those who don’t. You can let Him hold you together. Your jagged edges and broken fragments won’t stop Him from keeping you close.
The scars in His hands ought to be enough proof of that: He loves you just as you are, not as you should be. There’s no longer anything to prove, because the cross has already declared:
Broken, yet chosen – this is who you are.
The world can try to tell you that you are not enough; that you are hopeless and horrible and shameful. But there is only One righteous to judge and in all His blinding glory and holy, He has His arms wide open waiting for you.
No condemnation. Just forgiveness.
He does not cower from the skeletons in your closet. He is not put off by the darkness of your past. His love is far brighter than that. His sacrifice is enough.
Fully known, truly forgiven – this is who you are.
No more striving to find a place in this world. No more fighting for approval. God has written this story and has put a period to your happy ever after; you know how this tale ends.
Beloved, allow yourself to be loved.
Because the truth is, it’s not about who you are; it’s about who He is. It’s not about what you do or don’t do; it’s about what He has done.
Irrevocably, wildly, unconditionally loved – this is who you are.
The Father’s love reveals who you are.
You are His.
Do you now see?