One of my favorite places to go with my kids is the Butterfly Pavilion!! I am always amazed how beautiful each and every one is. Each time I go I look for the perfect butterfly to take a picture of.
I search for the one that doesn’t have a damage wing and is sitting in the right light. Do you know how hard that is?
Rarely do I find a butterfly with no flaws.
One of the coolest things that we enjoy the most at the pavilion is watching them come out of their cocoons. They are lovely. The miracle of life is breathtaking.
While looking through my photos I can’t help but notice how beautiful they are, even if they do have a part of their wing missing.
Butterflies are filled with extraordinary designs and brilliant shades of colors. Nothing can change this fact.
A Butterfly doesn’t become anything less or becomes something different because it has a broken wing.
We can say the same thing about ourselves too.
We are God’s children and our brokenness does not change who we are either.
Everybody struggles with something. Life is harsh and sin hurts. The things of this world can shatter us and leave us feeling shame.
There was a time when I didn’t let my husband pick up my anti-depressants from the pharmacy because I was too ashamed to admit that I needed them. I made sure that these pills were out of sight when friends came over. I believed the lie that my struggle with depression made me less then.
Now I write about it and I let my husband pick up my prescription!!!
I am still the person God created and taking medicine doesn’t change who I am. Depression doesn’t define me.
We do not have to let our brokenness control how we feel about ourselves. Some of us might not like who we are. Sometimes we struggle with feeling loved when we don’t even love ourselves.
God wants us to remember that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He made us and our experiences in this world can’t change that.
We can like ourselves because God likes us.
This is hard to do and I’m on my own personal journey trying to change the way I see myself.
I want to have the same perspective that God has of me. What did He see when He created me?
“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.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16
I wonder how my life would look if I fully embraced God’s love for me and if I truly believed that He likes me too.
I know He likes me and I’m amazed that He does. I’m overcome by this on so many levels. But it’s just really hard to accept. I think it’s hard to accept because I sometimes don’t like myself nor understand myself.
The awesome thing is that God does know me better then I know myself and I’m going to continue to seek His thoughts towards me.
You and I are His treasures and rather we believe it or not, we indeed are likable beings.
More then likely we been wrong about how we feel about ourselves.
It’s worth thinking about isn’t it?