Comfortable In Your Own Skin
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
All of us are aching to know that there is someone who really sees us. Someone who thoroughly knows us. Someone who knows our particular tastes, knows our secrets, knows what makes us happy, and knows what makes us hurt. We want to know there is somebody out there who knows us, sees us, and fully accepts us as we are, placing no demand on our backs to be "better," but someone who truly and fully embraces every aspect of who we are and loves us thoroughly, as we are.
We trek through this life in search of the heart that will affirm our loveliness even with all of our strangeness and our craziness. Until we find this heart, we feel it is better if we doll ourselves up, covering the eccentric blemishes that might scare away any potential lover with what we perceive would be normal and acceptable.
In Christ we find One who has searched us thoroughly, lovingly keeps watchful eye over us, Who knows our thoughts before we think them and truly understands us. This One has seen all of our secrets and dirty laundry, He knows what hurts us and what inspires us. This One fully sees and knows us.
So enamored with who you are God chose to become a man, to bear in His own human frame the full weight of your sin in order to secure you eternally as His own. In Him your faults have been dealt with, your strangeness has been embraced, and you are not only invited to live before Him naked and transparent, you have been liberated to do so!
We can only truly be comfortable in our own skin when we have received the ultimate affirmation from Love itself. We are desperately seeking some mortal comfort, we look into the the desperate eyes of other humans longing for them to say that we are beautiful, stunning, and perfect as we are. Yet those same eyes stare into ours longing for the same answers.
We were designed to be affirmed, accepted, loved, and valued. It is basic to our nature. This was built into us by Love, so that in Him we can be fulfilled and satisfied with His perfect affirmation of who we are. The cross is God's eternal symbol of His complete acceptance of who we are. The motive behind the cross was His furious longing for us. And through the cross, He dealt with anything and everything that could ever hinder our union with Him.
What we are all yearning for and searching for is found in the affection of Christ. In Him, the search is over, you can wash off your makeup, and you are invited to be you, as you are, with all your weirdness and mess. God accepts you perfectly and completely as you are and not as you think you should be! The gift of forgiveness gives us permission to be okay with our faults and weaknesses, and frees us to truly live! In Christ we find that it is okay to not always be okay, because truly none of us is okay. We can accept ourselves as we are, where we are, and allow ourselves to be loved by Him.