I read an article that surveyed over 2,000 girls on their appearance. 77% of them said they feel ugly or fat. I have been one of these girls.
“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.”
I didn’t always think of myself as “wonderfully made.” Typical? Yes. But wonderful? No. I was a gangly child with extra-long limbs. Second tallest in my sixth grade class including the boys. My knees were knobby and huge. In fact, I had a defect in my knees called Osgood Schlatter Disease. It’s what happens when ones thigh and shinbones grow too fast for the rest of the body and play tug-of-war on the knees. The kneecap exhibits excess bone growth and a visible lump that is terribly painful. Because of this I wore a brace on my right leg to school. As if that weren’t humiliating enough, I weighed 87 pounds and was 5′7′′. I had numerous nicknames including beanpole and toothpick.
Couple my stick figure and knee issues with a bad perm and you can guess I didn’t start off model material. My parents couldn’t afford the latest trends so I had to make do with what I had. Then there was puberty. My skin stayed broken-out and I never thought I’d outgrow it. Oh, and did I mention I also had to wear glasses and my two front teeth overlapped one another? I needed braces for a while but didn’t get them until seventh grade.
When I did finally get braces, I attracted new nicknames; words like metal-mouth, iron-jaws, and brace-face still ring in my ears. Those were painful and emotional years. Wonderfully made? Yes… because the Word of God says so. Trust God, not the emotions attached to the image you see in the mirror. True beauty is found in a personal relationship with Jesus. That is where I found acceptance in myself and you can too.
Rachel Lee Carter (C) Modeling Christ 2010