The Body Beautiful
by Linda Wood Rondeau
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).
Body image is a growing problem in a cultural climate that worships the human form. Fitness and weight loss programs count for billions in our economy. We fork over hundreds to curl straight hair and straighten curls.
Of all creation, only humankind is obsessed with image.
- A sloth does not pout because he is not a lion
- A fly does not refuse to buzz his day away because he is not a spider
- A guppy does not shake a fist at his creator because he is not a shark
Some folks are so depressed over their outward image, they become spiritually stagnant.
Joni Eareckson Tada has been wheelchair-bound since her teenage years. The author of many books and an international speaker, as well as champion for the disabled, at times still struggles with self-esteem related to her physical limitations. She writes “… your body, even underneath wrinkles or fat, and despite the ravages of illness or old age, is made in the image of God. Your heart, mind, hands and feet are stamped with the imprint of the Creator. Little wonder that the devil wants you to be ashamed of your body!”
She purports that our Father has created us to fulfill a predetermined purpose and has formed our bodies in accordance with that plan. To argue against His divine plan only serves to strengthen Satan’s hold and diminish our spiritual effectiveness.
What do you think?
“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16).
Award winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau writes to demonstrate our worst past, surrendered to God, becomes our best future. A veteran social worker, Linda now resides in Hagerstown, Maryland. Readers may visit her website at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Goodreads.