In the early hours of the morning, before much of the world around us was awake, I was laying in bed with my husband. His alarm had just gone off, but he had crawled back into bed with me, repeating the snooze process just one more time before heading out for morning cattle chores.
It was peaceful. It was comfortable. It was just a soft and warm moment of snuggling between us. So I asked him, “how did I ever get to be so blessed?” His response was pretty witty for this early in the morning, “You must be some kind of wonderful…to end up with a guy like me.” And then we both laughed at the way he said it.
I am just overwhelmingly filled with gratitude for all of the blessings in my life this morning, but in particular for the blessing of my marriage. Eric is an amazing husband. I am the only woman in the world who has the privilege to be his wife, to know him and to share our life together. He is kind and generous. He is tender and strong. He is faithful and loyal. Eric makes me laugh and holds me together in weakness. Eric is my confidant, my lover, my friend, my husband.
Our marriage is amazing. It is a divine gift, but also our greatest responsibility. There have been times of hurt, times of pain and times of intense frustration in our marriage. There have also been times of dullness and mediocrity. All this in addition to the joy and laughter. Happily ever after isn’t always cupcakes and daisies.
I really can not say that I deserve this. The reality is that I am a very sinful and selfish person, not to mention demanding. There is NO WAY that I deserve to be so richly blessed in my life. My decisions, choices and actions really do not earn me such blessing. I have no understanding and reasoning for it.
In fact I have asked God this question many times. “How did I ever get to be so blessed, God?” Why me? Why have friends and family gone through divorces? Why are there absolutely amazing people in my life who find themselves alone hurting after another relationship ends? Why are some in marriages where it is more about living in the same residence than it is about living together? Why is all this going on around me and I get to wake up next to a man who chooses each day to love me?
All of these why questions, I have no answers for them. I have no knowledge, no revelation and no understanding.
What I do know is that God will answer my first question, “How did I ever get to be so blessed?”
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
The works of the Lord are wonderful. That much we CAN know. We can know it full well. Because I am a work of God’s hand, I am wonderful. Just as you, a work of God’s hands, are wonderful too.
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV)
God formed our inward parts in such marvelous and creative ways. Think of the talents, the gifts, the abilities we each have. Be in awe of the complexity of the inward parts that we need just for sensory purposes to see, touch, hear, smell and taste. Now think about the more abstract systems,our hearts, our minds, our emotions, our spirits. Wow, God!
I love how this snippet of scripture does not say that God’s marvelous works will be understood by us. That we will know full well how or why something happened. God lays it out for us what we will know. We will know His works are marvelous. We will know His works are wonderful.
I love how the message version of this passage ends;
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation!” Psalm 139:13-14 (Message).
“I worship in adoration.” God gives us just the right knowledge and wisdom and revelation – to know that inside and out we are a marvelous creation – to know enough that we are wonderfully made which will draw us into adoration of Him, the Loving Lord who tenderly shaped all of us, the one who weaves the strands of our lives together in His tapestry of life.
God is breathtaking. He can take our breath away, take our words away, so that we may just be in awe of Him. In awe of His goodness and in awe of His love for us.
I am fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made. You are fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made.
Repeat this (out loud if you feel compelled to), “I am fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made”.
Yes you are! You are fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made. You are. You are. You are!
You may have doubts about this. You may have thoughts that argue and even try to come up with examples to disprove it. You may feel that the circumstances in your life would point to an opposite answer. Your mind may flood with painful labels that attempt to drown out the messages of hope that you are wonderful and marvelous. I, too, have faced similar storms in my mind. So this morning with many tears I pray for you, that amidst the emotional and mind filled storms, that rays of love would shine upon you.
You are fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made.
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
Do you ever wonder what God will sing over you?
This morning I had a good giggle with God over this thought, what if God were to sing over us the words of Grand Funk Railroad, “Well my baby, she’s alright. Well my baby, she’s clean out-of-sight. Don’t you know that she is, she’s some kind of wonderful. She’s some kind of wonderful, yes she is. She’s some kind of wonderful, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…”
Some may picture something more majestic, powerful, Holy and hymn like song than Grand Funk Railroad, but for me I can picture God and I twirling around and giggling to this tune. The freedom and beauty of that moment makes me smile way down to the depths of my heart. It also kind of makes me cry this morning, in that happy Disney movie ending sort of way, that God really does think I am some kind of wonderful.
It is my hope and my prayer that you, too, would know that you are some kind of wonderful. Because you are.
You are some kind of wonderful!
Dear and Beloved Lord,
Thank You so very much for the amazing time together this morning. Thank you for renewing and refreshing my spirit. Thank You for the journey that You take me on from a simple question and pondering in a silly moment to a time of pouring Your love over me.
Lord, I pray a big, giant, audacious prayer for each of my readers today. Lord, please give them glittering moments throughout their day that gives them knowledge, revelation and wisdom about who You created them to be. Help them to realize how wonderfully and marvelously made they are.
Lord, please sing songs over them that are incredibly personal; songs that would fill their hearts with love, hope, peace and so many more of the good gifts that You provide. Maybe even a little laughter.
Lord, help them to know today that they are some kind of wonderful! In Your wonderful name, amen.