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by Amy Nappa
What hes been creating, since the first beat of your heart,
Open any womens magazine and youre sure to see thin, beautiful, fashionably dressed models on nearly every page. Their hair is perfect. Their hips are slim. Their makeup is flawless. And, unless youre Cindy Crawford, you think, I wish I could look like that!
Apparently thats what thirteen-year-old Emily Chapman was thinking one afternoon as she leafed through some magazines. Scanning the pages, she felt less than perfect, less than gorgeous. She could see that she didnt look like any of the women in the pictures, and she began to cry.
Fortunately, Emily has parents who love her and love God, and they were there that day to dry her tears. Her dad wanted to offer some advice, but he held back. I was thirteen once, he admits, but I was never a thirteen-year-old girl, so I cant fully understand all shes going through. Instead, he says, her mom and I just sat down with her and agreed that life wasnt fair, and we just cried together.
That might have been all that came of that rough afternoon for Emily. But, Emilys dad has a special way with words and music. In fact, hes Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. Chapman wanted to give Emily more than just a hug, and he wanted to communicate his love and Gods love without sounding like a preachy dad. So he did what he does best he wrote a song.
He remembers, I wanted to say to her somehow, Emily, you re a precious treasure. God created you just like you are, to look exactly like you do, and you are precious to Him and precious to us. I dont know what you see when you look in the mirror that you dont like, but what I see is Gods fingerprints all over you.
And thats how Fingerprints of God was written. Reflect on the chorus to this song:
I can see the fingerprints of God
Theres so much truth in these words, and so much thats universal about Emilys situation. We all experience the same feelings. Perhaps, like Emily, we simply dont feel pretty enough. Or maybe we dont feel smart or popular or godly or useful. We dont seem to measure up to the standards of the world, our families, or our friends. Worse, we dont measure up to our own standards either.
The question is, how will you respond to what God has created? Will you tell God that he made a mistake, that his creation isnt good enough? Will you throw a pity party? Or will you say, This is what God gave me. This is what he made me to be. His touch is obviously on my life, and Im going to let that touch pass on from me to others!
I know. Setting aside our insecurities and fears and trusting that God has a purpose in making us who we are is a tough thing to do tough, but not impossible.
My youngest sister, Annette, was born with a mental disability. She will never drive a car, own a business, or balance her own bank account. She needs daily help with her personal grooming. She must rely on others for assistance in many aspects of life. Anyone would understand if Annette was despondent, brooding over all the things shell never do in life. No one would blame her for looking in the mirror and thinking, God must have passed me by.
Yet, amazingly enough, Annette is the most cheerful person you wi11 ever meet ask anyone who knows her. Adults and children alike love to be around her because of her sweet spirit. She has a quick laugh. Shes a faithful friend. She has a tender and compassionate heart. She is generous with all she has.
Annette looks in the mirror and thinks, God has a purpose for me. God made me for a reason. Ive got to get out there and do what Im supposed to do!
Whats holding you back? What do you see in the mirror or reflected in your heart that makes you think God has passed you by? Stop dwelling on the negatives! Instead, start praising God for the special fingerprints hes left on you. (Hopefully youve begun to discover what some of those are as youve gone through the chapters in this section.) Get out there and do what youre supposed to do!
God made you the way you are on purpose and thats just the way he loves you. Why would you want to be any other way?
Father of Creation, you made me in your image to fulfill your purposes. Open my eyes to see how youve touched me and how you can use me just the way I am.
Title: "God's Fingerprints"
Author: Amy Nappa
Publication Date: March 11, 2003
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