God Does Not Make Mistakes - Encouragement Café - June 14, 2017

God Does Not Make Mistakes
By Lara L. Sadowski

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 NIV

Have you ever felt like one of those “misfit toys” from “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer?” I have. Inferiority and worthlessness were my constant companions, and I wondered if God had been sleeping on the job when He created me.

Those feelings manifested themselves in a deep depression.

By the time I was a teenager, anorexia consumed me, and I was determined to destroy myself. Because my life felt so out of control, I needed something I could control. In my case, it was what I did or did not put in my mouth.

Years spent in my anorexic prison molded my self-image into one of self-hatred. Feeling like a square peg in a round hole, I quite honestly wanted to die. The pain of day-to-day living was so hard for me.

Despite being surrounded by family and friends who loved me, I believed many things that were not true. I believed I was a mistake. I believed I could get the affirmation I desired from guys, most of whom were abusive towards me.

I believed I was worth nothing and deserved the hits, scratches, and hateful words.

Growing up I believed something else too. I believed in God. But did I believe Him? Did I believe all His wonderful promises were meant for me personally?

Did I believe God could love me when I was such an absolute mess?

After years of depression and anguish, I had an encounter with Jesus. I met God with my pain and messy, mixed-up life, and He met me with His love and acceptance. He showed me I am His child, made in His own image.

The Lord also led me to an amazing Christian counselor. Revisiting my painful past through counseling was a hard journey, but well worth it. I felt God’s infinite healing and love for me, and for the first time I began to believe that God had a plan and a purpose for my life.

The Lord is now using my life and experiences for His good. I have a passion to minister His healing and love through written and spoken words. How about you? Do you feel worthless? Please don’t. You are not a misfit toy.

A friend once told me that if God had a refrigerator, my photo would be on it. Your picture would too! His Word says you are made with love. Choose today to believe it.

What are some positive steps you can begin taking?

Dive into God’s Word. It is His love letter to you, His child. Let His love for you pour off the pages into your heart.

Keep a journal. Writing is a wonderful way to express your feelings.

Talk to God. He loves you and wants to hear from you.

Seek godly professional help if you need it. Please do not feel ashamed to do that.

Dear Lord, I pray for those who are hurting and who believe that they do not matter. Please meet them in the middle of their pain, and shower Your love and affection over them. Thank You that You created all of us in Your wonderful image. You never make mistakes. We praise You for that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

© 2017 by Lara L. Sadowski. All rights reserved.

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Originally published Wednesday, 14 June 2017.