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Marlon Furtado

One of King David’s songs to God that has been handed down to us in our Bibles is Psalm 139. Eugene Peterson has paraphrased some of it this way, “God, I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too— Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!”

David had difficulty finding words that were sufficient to express his amazement that God cared so much about him. Later, in the same song, David wrote about God forming him in his mother’s womb. Not only did God know him intimately, but God supervised all aspects of his development before birth.

That is true for you and me. God used the colors of your parents’ DNA to paint you uniquely. Others may be a similar blend of colors when it comes to your eyes, or hair, or skin. But there is no one else exactly like you in the inner, invisible qualities and personality traits. That’s not to puff us up. It’s to humble us that God would give His attention to fashioning each of us to be unique. You are NOT a product of some cosmic assembly line.

David expressed a similar amazement in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?“ Likewise, it should amaze us that the God who set the stars in place and has a universe to be concerned about, should give His attention to us.

This is even true if you were born with some physical or mental challenges. When Jesus’ disciples saw a middle-aged man who had been blind from birth, they asked “‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus said, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.’” (John 9:2–3)

I don’t pretend to understand how congenital abnormalities develop, and I don’t mean to diminish the hardships and costs that these irregularities bring with them, but the truth still stands – every individual, regardless of abilities or lack thereof, has been created under the watchful eye of God. Each person has the EXACT SAME VALUE and WORTH as anyone else. And God has an equally good plan for each person.

Not all physical and mental deficiencies will be corrected in this life, but in Heaven our bodies will be restored to perfect health. This is the destination and future of all those who receive Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior. If you haven’t received Christ yet, I hope you will soon.

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