Ordinary Me

Amy Clemens

Read: Psalm 139

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (vv. 13-14)

I am feeling the effects of age and stage, and another birthday is coming. I sigh as I contemplate the quickness of years, and all that remains (or has come) undone. The contentment Paul describes in Philippians 4:11 is elusive. Fearfully and wonderfully made seem a faint memory.

My husband needed to remind me recently that I was created by one with design—one who formed and knitted me together with purpose—and suddenly, I felt better. Just seeing my own life in perspective of the big story of God proved powerful. The narrative is the Creator’s, and life is not some kind of contest to outrun or outshine everyone else. God oversees the journey, and he will be faithful to complete the good work started in my life so many years ago (Phil. 1:6).

I hear gospel in my husband’s words. As I see myself, a bedraggled shadow of who I thought I was, the gospel for me is this: God is not at odds with me even when I am at odds with myself. Peace has been declared, even to those of us who feel so ordinary. Our failure to show up new and shiny neither surprises nor dismays the Prince of Peace. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, thank God that light shines through your ordinary life being shaped with purpose, and the whole story of God is bigger and better than anything you could ask or imagine.