It was truly a work of art. Yes, one eye was much larger than the other, the nose resembled a giant squash, and the ears looked like saucers on the side of his head.
But my kindergarten son’s self-portrait unveiled on parents’ night is a masterpiece I’ve treasured through the years.
As I looked at Steven’s drawing, I noticed it had a striking resemblance to some works by the world-renowned Picasso. However, Picasso’s paintings are worth millions of dollars, and my son’s are valuable only to me.
I wonder why there is such a difference, I mused. The value must be based on the artist who created it.
Ah, whispered God to my heart. Now you’re getting it.
Then I began to realize that it is the same way with you and me. We have great value because of the Artist who created us.
God meticulously created your inmost being, curiously knit you together in your mother’s womb, and intricately wove you together with various colors and hues.
Just as a masterpiece exists in the mind of the creator, God saw your unformed substance before the weaving even began.
Steven’s masterpiece still hangs in my home today. And you and I are living works of art on display in God’s universal gallery.
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.
Ponder those verses today, Miss Masterpiece!
And if that’s not enough, consider this…
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG
You are loved.
You are beautiful.
You are His masterpiece.
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