One night before clubs, I prayed “God, let me see each child, as you see them, through Your eyes.” I have prayed this prayer many times during my teaching career. However, this night I heard His voice say back to me. “Why can’t you see yourself through My eyes?” It hit me like a ton of bricks. I pondered this thought for a couple of days and asked myself two questions.
- How do I see myself?
- How does God see me?
The first question was the hard one. I had to be honest with myself, which isn’t always easy. I know I view myself as a wife, mother, friend and educator. I also know I am a sinner and I feel as though I am a failure. Those were the easy answers. The hard answers came when I stood in front of the mirror and took a hard look. I saw an overweight woman, in her forties, with lots of wrinkles, and grey hair looking back at me.
The second question was easy I just had to go to my life guide, The Bible, for the answers. Yes, answers. There are many different verses on how God sees us. As I started to read the different verses I thought “with this many verses, why do I not see myself through God’s eyes?” I picked three verses that I have written down and strategically placed for me to see each and every day.
The first verse comes from Psalm 139. David writes how God is always there for us and knows all about us. He created us. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14; I chose this verse because I am one of His works. I am wonderful!!
I then went to Galatians 3:26, “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” When I accepted Jesus as my Savior and made Him Lord over my life I became His child. I belong to Him. I am His child.
The last verse I wrote is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good words, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” The study notes stated that workmanship is His masterpiece. I know when an artist makes a masterpiece he takes his time and has a purpose. God took his time creating me, knowing every sin I would make and he still created me, carefully for a purpose. He made me to become His masterpiece.
With these verses I can start to see myself through His eyes. I am His wonderful creation; His masterpiece. I am created for His purpose and good works.
Lord, I pray that we all can start seeing ourselves as You see us. Please allow us to look through Your eyes and see the same beautiful masterpiece You see. I thank You for grace and mercy, and that You continue to mold us. Amen.