My self-image has always been a little distorted, so shopping for a bathing suit is a traumatic experience for me. I have spent extended lengths of times in the “chamber of horrors” (the fitting room) only to leave in tears, because I could not find anything that looked right. I would leave wishing I was taller, thinner, had a flatter stomach and no muffin top around my waist.
Occasionally I even toyed with the idea of a major overhaul, from top to bottom. You know the kind, where they pull everything up, starting at the knees. (Somehow the image of my navel in the middle of my forehead, has kept me taking the last step)
Do I put more emphases on what others think of me, instead of caring how God sees me? I think God must have a sense of humor, after all he made us.
Have you ever stood naked in front of a mirror and quoted Psalm 139: 14a, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Personally, I have not been able to get past the fearful!
Our confidence comes from knowing that God made us in his image, he knew what we would look like before we were ever born and loved us anyway.
The Bible says:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Psalm 139: 13-16a
When he looks at us we are perfect in his eyes, he thinks each one is of us is unique and special. ©
When you step into the dressing room does your self-image take a nose dive? Would you rather avoid dressing rooms? I would love to hear your comments.