My husband and I had the honor of speaking with a Navy veteran this past weekend. We both were waiting for our food at a burger restaurant. This nice gentleman came and sat by us for a short time and we were able to ask him all sorts of questions. He was quite sure of himself, being that he was 74 years old. He looked physically fit, said he went to the gym regularly, and kept himself busy with various projects. You could just tell he was quite comfortable in his own skin… years of living created a grace and self-assurance within.
Meeting him got me thinking as to what it means to be comfortable in my own skin, and how and when does this occur? Does years of living create this comfort or can I realize it now?
I have a couple of girlfriends that told me they feel most comfortable in their own skin when those around them accept them and don’t judge. Those type of friends are usually lifelong friends… those who know almost everything possible about you, have seen you at your worst and best. These friends seem to know you better than you know yourself, and have walked through many life situations with you. They know your true heart, and yet love you unconditionally.
Isn’t that how GOD loves us? When there is no wall or barrier between myself and GOD, then HE knows me, my faults and all! Ahh yes! There IS a comfort there with HIM. When GOD is my everything, and I can do all things through HIM, then I am confident and comfortable within myself… I am more confident before HIS throne of grace, and my life path is more certain before me. I can rest comfortably in HIS love.
Psalm 139 has always given me great comfort… how wonderful to know that HE created me and knew me before I was born! A trust is developed when you realize that GOD knows all about you, knows every hair on your head! My thoughts, decisions, and all of my soul are acceptable to HIM! My FATHER in Heaven embraces my inmost being that HE sees as beautiful, even when I can’t see it! And that beauty is there because HE created me! HE gives me that ultimate comfort I am looking for in my own skin… no one else can ever love me that way. No one else sees me the way HE does. And no one else deserves the Glory!
So the next time you are down on yourself or just wonder who the heck you are… look to GOD. HE will embrace you, love you, and lift you up in a way no one else ever will!
ISAIAH 51:12 “I, even I, am HE who comforts.”