“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
I’m not much of a television watcher.
But lately, I’ve become obsessed with a show that features brides-to-be and their quest for a wedding dress.
It usually goes something like this…the bride enters a famous store in search of perfection. She brings her family, her friends, her future in-laws…sometimes even her future spouse. In other words, her support group. However, that is not always a good thing.
Support Group = Strong Opinions
In this episode, the bride tries on her first gown and magic! She has found the one! She floats out to share her enthusiasm with her peeps…but instead of feeling the love, she feels something else.
“I don’t like the lace. I don’t like the back. Too low cut. Too much arm. Too princess-y.”
Her face-joy quickly evaporates as she returns to the dressing room, hoping that the next one will receive their approval.
At that moment, I can’t take it anymore. I stand up from my chair and begin yelling at the tv, “It’s your wedding day, girl! You choose the dress! Who cares what they think! Please yourself! Be You!”
Because, after all, that’s what I would do, right?
You with me on this?
Or, are we willing to admit that the problem isn’t really with her disapproving loved ones.
Because approval means acceptance.
And acceptance means love.
And who doesn’t want that?
“But I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3b (NIV)
God’s Everlasting Love = God’s Forever Love
Beloved, we have a Father who loves us just the way we are. He made us one of a kind, special and beautiful.
What if we lived that outloud and believed that His approval…His love…was enough?
Back at the store, everyone finally agrees on a wedding dress and gathers together for a group hug.
Meanwhile, I quietly surrender to my chair and whisper two words to the television and also to myself…
Spread your joy,