How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
There you have it.
These words were chanted from the back of the school bus every afternoon as I made my way back to the fifth row of seats. (Bus driver’s rules – fifth graders on the fifth row, sixth on the sixth row, and so on.)
Just after Thanksgiving, my family moved to northeast Texas. The most rural place we had ever lived. Our closest neighbor was 5 miles away. We rode the school bus nearly one and a half hours to school every morning. And if you weren’t married by the time you graduated from high school, you were considered an old maid. (I’m kinda glad God moved us before ninth grade!)
I started at a new school nearly three months after the rest of the students had made friends and found their people. I was the new kid. The way I saw it, I could be accepted as the popular new girl or seen as a weird girl with no friends. I was the latter; the girl with enormous front teeth! These buckteeth grew in at adult size! And in fifth grade, my head was nowhere near proportionate to these beaver teeth. The bus picked up high school first and then elementary school. Every afternoon came the woodchuck chant.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck…
Try as I might, it was hard to look in the mirror every morning and embrace my Bugs Bunny-size front teeth … regardless how much my Mom told me I was beautiful and unique! To me…unique really meant, “Bless your heart, I’m so sorry.” That wasn’t at all what she was saying. But nonetheless, that’s what I heard from anyone who commented on my looks. Good, bad, or indifferent, all I could hear was that chant.
What if we took the truth found in scripture and allowed it to assure us that God formed us exactly like He needs us to be?
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
I have a friend who is an avid art collector. He can spot the difference between an original and a knockoff. One look at the brush strokes and fine details and he knows the difference immediately, because each artist has his or her own marks that they intentionally place in each of their masterpieces.
The same is true about us! God added intentional details to make you exactly like you are. Me with my big front teeth. The next gal with her protruding chin or extra-curly hair. Some have big hips or ears that stick out. Some are short, some tall, some with dark and some fair complexions. Each of us created with our own special features, not like the knockoff at all!
What if all the ribbing I went through in school helps me to reach out to those who don’t see themselves as beautiful yet? What if what I walked through allows me to minister better to those I meet?
I often think of the Dove Soap commercial – you’re more beautiful than you think. BUT what if you could see yourself like God sees you?
What if you saw yourself as Formed in God’s image? We all agree that He’s perfect! And if you look like Him… simply because you believe what He says about you… You could walk in front of the mirror and like the reflection looking back.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
You are what God says that you are. You are enough.
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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.