Be Your Beautiful Self

I felt small and insignificant as the waves crash one after another towards me. Strong winds blew away any resemblance of a hair style. And I loved it. Nothing but ocean stretching mile after mile further than my eye could see. Beautiful. Breathtaking.

As the waves dispersed into a thin wash on the sand, I dared to walk ever-so-slightly into the Tasman Sea. Standing with camera in hand, I attempted to capture the awesome, magnificent handiwork of God.

Though I made some shots, the true capture was done in my soul. Knowing that the one who loves me, the one who calls me His, is the one who created the beautiful scene that was unfolding before me.

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number– living things both large and small. Psalm 104:25

We see His beautiful handiwork everywhere, from tiny flowers peeping out of rocks, to majestic mountains and vast powerful oceans. To animals large and tiny that swim, fly, walk or crawl. They are all beautiful…

..and, we see His beautiful handiwork every time we look in a mirror. Yes, even on the days we feel ugly.

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God– you’re breathing taking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration–what a creation!. Psalm 139 Msg Bible

What a creation indeed! Oh that we would grasp how fearfully and wonderfully (NIV) He has made us.

When I looked at the Tasman Sea, I didn’t for one minute compare it to any other ocean. I simply accepted and enjoyed it for the beauty it was. Isn’t that what we need to do, accept ourselves for the beautiful creation we are?

We marvel and stand in awe of creation, yet we often only see flawes in ourselves. May the realization that we are fearfully, wonderfully and marvelously made be captured in our souls; our mind, our will and our emotions. May we stop comparing ourselves to others and simply be the beautiful person God created us to be.

Be your beautiful self.


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Photo credit: Ocean, Helena Davies. Flower: Unsplash.