13 For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. 15 My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.
As I work with families in our church and in our community that have been impacted by disability, so often the question asked by parents and caregivers is, “Why did God do this to our child? Why did God allow him/her to be born this way?” Our friends with disabilities are conditioned to having other folks looking at them, asking questions, staring or purposely excluding them.
In our Special Needs Ministry, we are continually grateful for the opportunity to remind every single individual that they are beautifully, uniquely and wonderfully made in the image of our Heavenly Father. We must take that responsibility seriously, as the words we speak to others bring life and truth straight from the Scriptures. We may not understand or have all the answers figured out on this side of heaven, but I also know He promises to equip, guide, comfort and love us through every step of our journey and circumstances while we are here on earth.
In verse 14 David says, “I will praise you.” Many of our families impacted by disability don’t always necessarily feel like praising Him. The pressures are constant and unending, the struggles and stressors are demanding, and the isolation can be overwhelming and scary. However, we know that SO much greater than those things is the truth laid out in Scripture by our loving Father. He didn’t and still does not make mistakes. He is trustworthy, faithful and gracious beyond measure.
So, as the earthly turmoil presses in around us, we are called to press in even harder to HIM and to the truths in His Word. Even when you feel as if He has forgotten you or lost sight of you, I assure you He has not. He will never take His gaze off of you and yours. Our most important job in response to that, however, is to BELIEVE HIM and leave it at His feet.
In verse 16, David beautifully states, “Your eyes saw me.” Who doesn’t love to be SEEN? To be NOTICED? He goes on to say, “All my days were written in your book AND planned.” Oh my, how I need to cling to this many times over throughout each of my days. He has written my story, your story, and the stories of your children and others you may care for.
When I’m tired, not taking care of myself, and experiencing more stress than normal, it’s easy to think I have to figure everything out myself. I must find all the answers, come up with all the solutions and make ALL the plans. Right?! No, that is absolutely so far from the truth. In those moments, great and small throughout our journey, we MUST cling to Him, drop to our knees at His feet and say, “Here I am Lord. I surrender my heart, my mind, my actions, my thoughts and my family to You.”
My prayer for you today, as you focus on this passage in Psalms, is that God will reveal Himself to you in a fresh, new, unexpected way this week. Ask Him to meet you exactly where you are right now. Remember He made you with a specific plan, a magnificent story to be told, and an incredible purpose only YOU are able to fulfill! Take your burdens, your questions and your doubts straight to Him; lay them at His feet and simply surrender. His love will be more clear, palpable and all-encompassing than perhaps you’ve felt in a very long time.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- What are areas in my life I need to intentionally surrender and “hand over” to the Lord?
- Is there someone in my life who needs to be reminded of this truth in God’s Word? Perhaps they need to hear someone tell them they were remarkably and wondrously made by our Heavenly Father, so they can live out their unique story—that story He’s already written, planned and purposed for only them?
- How am I able to show intentional love to someone in my family, at my job, or somewhere else in my life this week?