Throughout life we have landmarks that serve as reminders for where we have come and all that God has done. Today’s post is one of those landmarks. I wrote it back in the beginning of 2013 for the Delight and be blog. Delight is a ministry for young ladies ages 14-21 who love God and the creative arts. Being part of a ministry for teenagers is not on any ‘what I want to be when I grow up’ list from my childhood. But God started tugging on my heart and my involvement as a blog contributor eventually grew to being involved in their FB group/community online. Then it grew to me actually leading the ministry’s East Coast retreat in April of this year. God has used it to expand my image of Him beyond anything I ever could’ve pictured before.
I’m sure there will be many more posts about Delight in the future but for now, enjoy ‘Beautifully Weird’. Yes it’s older, but God brought it to mind as I was praying about what to write today so someone obviously needs to read it <3
I am weird. I don’t easily fit into one social category. Growing up I had different types of friends. It takes me FOREVER to finish one of those personality tests because in many categories I’m not one or the other all the time. I occasionally (Ok, often) get weird looks in response to quirky things I say. I often have an entertaining random dialogue going on in my head – but I tend to only verbalize a small percentage of my thoughts so people don’t think I’m absolutely crazy.
I have struggled to find a place where I really ‘fit in’. Because I have varied interests, I can usually connect with many people on some level but rarely do I find someone who I completely relate to on a deep inner-core-of-my-heart level – someone who understands and can appreciate all my levels of quirkiness. At times I’ve felt like I belong on the North Pole in the land of misfit toys.
BUT, Psalm 139:14 says ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made’! I am created in the image of Christ – so guess what? That means He is ‘weird’ too and can fully relate to how I feel at times!
During a recent quiet time with God I told Him how frustrated I was with how He made me. [Yes, I get real with God]. As an extrovert I crave deep connection with people and it can be a challenge to not have it. His reply was that I was created for a specific purpose – to connect with and photograph other special ‘weird’ people. Through my confidence in how He created me, other people will be set free from their own insecurities. They will be able to see the greatness in how He created them.
How awesome is that?! God made me weird ON PURPOSE. And if we’re really honest, ALL of us are weird, right? Our weirdness is what sets us apart as BEAUTIFUL individuals and daughters of God. God is the master artist and He has created each one of us to be unique and to do something special in this world to glorify Him. NO ONE ELSE can do exactly what you do – and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be!
“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” – 1 Peter 2:9-10, The Message
You. Are. Beautiful. Wear your weirdness proudly and show the world what an amazing masterpiece you really are!
Image Credit: Jordan Brittley