We honour the uniqueness, purpose and dignity of each person as bearers of God’s image, being sensitive and attentive to the well-being of each person’s mind, body and soul.
13 For it was you who created my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise you
because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.
Your works are wondrous,
and I know this very well.
15 My bones were not hidden from you
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in your book and planned
before a single one of them began.
Snowflakes are unique. Each one different than the next, at least this is what we’re told. But scientists have now determined that there are 35 different “types” of snowflake, and that only at the molecular level could you distinguish one of these that falls into the type from another.
So on one level snowflake are unique, and the uniqueness seems to be as a result of random processes. You don’t need a theory of God to explain the uniqueness of snowflakes.
But people aren’t snowflakes, despite the modern tendency to declare each individual is so unique that special cases must be made for them. But what the Psalmist is writing is that God is intimately involved in the creation of us, knitting us together, writing out the plans for our days before we even existed.
This is both comforting and disturbing. Comforting in that God knows our days, but in a bigger sense, disturbing, because if God knits us together, and knows our days, then how do we explain, autism, or cerebral palsy or some other life debilitating congenital birth defect? How do we explain neglect and abuse? God knew my days and he knew abuse? All planned long ago?
And here we know scripture isn’t silent. In John Chapter 9 Jesus walks past a man blind from Birth. How did God knit this man together?
With his glory in mind…
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
For Connections Counselling Perth to uphold our value of uniqueness, we must endeavour to see the person. Jesus saw a blind man. And the disciples observed his seeing. To be a people who uphold the value of uniqueness, we must see the individual, that Christ sees, created in all their glorious mess, with all the impacts of sin upon him or her, and find the way that we might be used so that God’s glory might be revealed.
Sin has done its worst in us. Twisting limbs and bodies; turning hearts and corrupting minds.
When these people come into our world, into our counselling rooms, into our lives, we might be tempted, who sinned? But the real question we need first ask is …do we see? Do we see the unique individual that God might do his work in them? When we introduce them to the Christ who opens blinded eyes and is the light of the world, then they start to see God’s plan for their life, his days, the pain and suffering in the past redeemed. God using the past trauma and hurts so that his Glory might be displayed in them.
This seeing can be difficult, because often the broken mess that walks in our doors has had such hostility done to them, whether by their own hand or others that the beauty in them, the one Christ sees can be well hidden. But we value their uniqueness, these faulty image bearers of a glorious God, and desire to work with them so that as Jesus says; “the works of God might be displayed in them” Lives restored in the name of Jesus. This is our mission. This is our Joy.