I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” vs. 14Psalm 139:13-18
The psalmist had obviously taken time to reflect on the wonder of his own body, and he was in awe. Every part has a function and a purpose and they are engineered to work together in perfect harmony. And because he wrote 2500 years ago he had only a minimal knowledge of anatomy or physiology–he knew little or nothing of internal organs, nervous or circulatory systems, or the wonder of the human brain. Now, because we are the beneficiaries of advanced knowledge, we tend to take such things for granted–we have complicated explanations for the evolution of our bodies, and too many have left God out of the equation. Not so the psalmist! In his estimation all the credit went to our Creator, the One who knit us together in our mothers’ wombs, who intricately wove us in the depths of the earth. It really is a blessing when we see our physicality as a gift from God, and begin to treat our bodies as our most precious possession, something to be nurtured and loved, and not abused. In our time, after centuries of trial and error, we know exactly how to feed and care for our physical selves to get maximum performance and satisfaction. Those who pay attention, who learn the secrets of healthy living, receive enormous blessings, because our loving God doesn’t make junk!
Thought for the Day: When did I start treating my body as a precious gift?