Saturday, July 2, 2011

In His Image

Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

I am constantly having to remind myself lately that I am made in God's image.  That even though I am a human incubator and at a weight I choose not to disclose, that God made me beautifully in his image.  It's very strange to be a pregnant woman, for many reasons, one being people's word choices.  Most people are very quick to tell me how good I look right now, which has me wondering, Do I really look good, or is that just what you tell a pregnant woman so she doesn't have you for her next snack?  Then I have these awful people who apparently have never been pregnant or have never known a pregnant woman because they say things like "Wow, you're huge" or "You're so big for being due in September".  Which leads me to my thought for this post, with so much focus on my size and how good I supposedly look or how GIANTLY huge I am it's hard to remember that God made me in his image.  That I am designed to have children.  That he thinks I am beautiful everyday.  Even if I have cellulite on my thighs, even if I don't loose all my baby weight, even if I am skinny and toned, he loves me the same no matter what.  I am so thankful for that love, because I really do not give myself that love.  I am very weight focused and weight sensitive.  I have struggled with my size mentally, emotionally, and physically since that awful kid in grade school called me thunder thighs.  And Jesus battles with me over this, he is constantly trying to tell me I am Beautifully Made and I am so clouded by society's definition of Beautiful that I can't hear him say, " You are mine and you are beautifully made in MY image".  I am trying to make it a point to tell myself that everyday, therefore, reminding myself that even though maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle is very important, that there are other things that are way more important. 
You friends are also Beautifully Made in His image.  He loves you no matter of your size, your color, your race, your gender.  He is the almighty creator, he knew exactly what he was doing when he made you.  All he wants is your heart.  Give your heart to him, and he will show you everyday that you are Beautifully and Wonderfully Made and that he loves you just the way he made you. 

Much Love,
Chrystan

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