Feb. 20th, 2017
Author: Kolby G. 

Psalm 139:13-15 (NRSV)
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
  you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
  My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
  intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

I was on the swim team in high school. It was a big part of my life and consumed much of my time. Around mid-November my Freshman year, I completely shaved my head for the Regional Championships so I could swim my fastest times.
One of my teachers at the time (I’ll call her Ms. K) had breast cancer, and she was finishing up her last few sessions of chemotherapy. All of her hair had fallen out from chemotherapy, so she always wore a wig to cover up her head.
A few days after the Regional Championships, I was walking into Ms. K’s class and noticed that she wasn’t wearing her wig. She stopped me at classroom door and said, “I was amazed at how brave you are to walk around with no hair. I told myself that if you aren’t ashamed, I shouldn’t be ashamed either.”
In Amanda’s devotional last week, she talked about how the same God who created incredible things like mountains and mitochondria looked at the world and knew that it needed one of you. I don’t know what struggles you are currently going through, but I do know that--at the end of the day--the same God who created the universe and everything in it made you and thinks you’re beautiful. That same God welcomes you to a life of peace and love. That same God invites you with your weaknesses to be a light to the world and a vessel of God’s love to others for the sake of the Kingdom.
It’s my prayer this week that you know that God loves you. God is crazy about you. You’re the apple of God’s eye. You were fearfully and wonderfully made in the very image of God. And wonderful are God’s works.