“You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.”         Psalm 139:13-14 (CEV)

It recently occurred to me how interesting handwriting is. I know, real exciting. But in my line of work, I get to see a lot of people’s handwriting. There are some that have penmanship that requires a specialist to translate. I’m fairly certain they are writing a form of English, but I can’t guarantee it. Then there are those whose handwriting is so elegant that they could make a fantastic living writing wedding invitations. I even know a lady who uses a ruler to write to make sure that all the letters are in a perfect line. She even uses it to sign checks! (It’s nothing short of extraordinary.) All of that is to say that everyone’s handwriting is specifically unique.

Unique, by the way, means one of a kind.

For me, being unique was a struggle. I always fantasized myself being someone different because I didn’t find personal satisfaction with who I was. My parents always provided more than I needed, yet I often envied what others had. Though I was a respectable athlete, jealously of the superstar limited my potential. I am moderately intelligent, but longed to be the smartest one in the class. Ultimately, I would sabotage my own individuality.

I never grasped that being unique was a good thing.

King David of the Bible seemed to recognize that he was unique and that God had everything to do with it. He is the one who authored the words, “I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.” It has only been in the past couple of years (I am 35) that I have accepted the way that God created me. A phrase that I run on repeat in my head and share with others is, “God thought about you when He made you.”

I must remind myself that my uniqueness is absolutely divine.

When I recognize the divine uniqueness in, not only me, but every person, it is there that I see the beauty of what God has done. That beauty is stunning. “Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.” Yet, I recognize that I am human. There will always be the struggle to see the majestic way God created you and me. Regardless, I will strive daily to see the divine handwriting in all that God has created. Will you join me?

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