Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Cosentyx has a commercial that really moved me when I first saw it. It starts off with different people asking one request… “See Me”. It goes on to basically say, “See me to know that, despite what you see physically, I’m just like you. I won’t harm you. I’m not contagious.”
The people in the commercial represent those who suffer from what’s known as Plaque Psoriasis, a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. They represent those who have suffered from being labeled and frowned upon based on what other people see. They represent those who have to continuously “explain themselves” and repeatedly beg of others to simply “See Me”.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever felt as though people look past who you are and only focus on one thing about you? Have you ever felt condemned by people around you for one blemish in your life? No matter how much good you do… no matter how much you try to lead a normal life, you always seem to find yourself shouting out, “See Me!” Or perhaps you find yourself forming opinions of others based on what you see or on preconceived notions. Do you sometimes look at a person or group of people and immediately think the worse. You may find it difficult to look beyond their past, their environment, or even what you have heard, and find yourself only seeing one piece of them, instead of what God has called you to see.
Minister Freeman warned us against such actions in his powerful sermon, “What do you see”. He reminded us of the importance of seeing every person that is placed in our lives, whether directly or indirectly, as children of God. He caused us to think of the blessings that we miss out on, the godly friendships that are never formed, the strife that springs up in relationships, and all the harm that comes along with not fully SEEING one another. Psalm 139:14 reminds us to praise God for He has fearfully and wonderfully made each of us. Fearfully, being so careful and mindful of His creation, as not to make any mistakes. Wonderfully, in a way that inspires delight or admiration; made extremely well. Even with what we see as flaws or imperfections, God deemed us fearfully and wonderfully made!
As Christians, we are called to see one another with Love! We are called to see past fears, past imperfections, past rumors, past our own thoughts, past the past… past anything that keeps us from having the eyes of God and seeing one another as children of God. In a world where people are shouting to be seen as a human, as equal, as worthy, as being fearfully and wonderfully made… they shouldn’t be shouting at US to see!
Heavenly Father, Open my eyes so that I may see, fully, what you have created. Help me to see others with love and compassion. I thank you that you always see me as wonderfully made, even in the midst of my flaws. God lead me to see others the same. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
By: Min. April Carter