Many times I've looked in the mirror and saw someone I did not like. During my worst season of depression I rarely looked at myself in the mirror, protective hairstyles and chap stick was my go to in an effort to minimize encounters with my reflection. Thinking back, I now realize that my primary goal was to avoid looking into my own eyes because the internal struggle was too great. I felt ugly because inside I felt defeated. Nothing was speaking to me, nothing lifted me, but one day, I came across scriptures that spoke to my spirit.
Psalm 139: 1-14 NIV says, "You have searched me, LORD, and
you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive
my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you,
LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you
lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too
lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee
from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not
be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light
to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your
works are wonderful, I know that full well."
We are all God's masterpieces, and for us to feel we are less than is offensive to Him. Yes, we may have some scars and flaws but we are a fearfully and wonderfully made masterpiece.
I will leave you with this quote,
"You don't know how many mistakes are in a masterpiece but
we still call it a masterpiece." - Stevie Mackey