Fresh Hope – 7th January 2019

There’s a part of me that really doesn’t like winter: the short days, the wet, the cold, the mud, the bare trees – I could go on. Whilst every tree looks glorious in spring with all the new growth and fresh green leaves and blossom, in summer when they are at their fullest and richest, and in autumn when they change colour to reds, yellows and golds, in winter they still have a beauty of their own, albeit perhaps a less obvious one. Without their leaves, the shape of each tree becomes clear and one type can be distinguished from another simply by its outline. But even then, no two trees look alike, each one is different and beautiful in its own way.

 

Reflecting over the years, I realise that one of our greatest problems in our walk with the God is not knowing who we really are in Him. We often underestimate our value and worth.  Recently I was speaking to my niece who started high school a few months ago and for a little while was caught up in trying to fit in with everyone else and being cool. I love our very open conversations and I’m so glad she has quickly come to realise that she doesn’t need to be like everyone else, she can only become a better version of herself. I might be biased but I believe she is the most loving, charismatic, vibrant, beautiful young person one can ever meet.  How wonderful it is that she is coming to the realisation of how very precious and special she in as an individual.

God doesn’t make clones. He is a wonderful Creator who makes individuals, each one different from the other, but all infinitely precious and special to Him. Each one of us is a masterpiece! Knowing that we are unique should humble us. It should make us realise just how much God loves us. We understand that no two people have the same fingerprint. That blows my mind just to consider that there is no other one in the human population who has the identical pattern that I have or you have. It doesn’t end there. We are told that one’s DNA is strikingly different as well. No two people have the same identical DNA.

It’s amazing to read that ‘He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world’ (Ephesians 1:4), that He watched over us as we were growing in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and that He has a plan and purpose for every one of us to fulfil that nobody else can do as well as we can.

We take so many things for granted and always think of things that others have that we might not have. With each passing day, we should gain a new appreciation for how He has blessed us individually. God did not make us on a mass production line. He took great care in making us who we were meant to be. He had a purpose in mind for us even before we came into being. David tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Today, may we just take time to appreciate who we are in Christ,  may we be thankful for his amazing love for us and allow it to penetrate our hearts so that we may know and understand his plan and will for our lives and that he can show us how to fulfil those plans he has for us.

 

Christine Mudenha

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