February - 12 - Tuesday

I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are your works, qand that my soul knows very well.
Psalm 139:14.

We were printing verses from the Bible at an industrial fair for those passers-by who were interested. A young lady asked us to print the above verse. We asked her what it meant to her.

She explained that this was her baptismal and confirmation text and also that of her daughter. The young woman bubbled over with energy and joy. She told us what part God played in her life and how she had often experienced His help. This particular verse had often accompanied her and comforted and encouraged her. She was grateful, and one sensed that she knew God as her loving Father.

The woman took the verse and was about to say goodbye. We accompanied her to the wheelchair nearby in which her daughter was lying - severely handicapped. She could clearly move only her head. But the daughter's eyes gleamed when she saw her mother.

“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are your works.” We were struck by the way that verse from the Bible and the mother’s words took on a more profound significance. Praising the Creator for His works with words like that in such a burdensome situation can only come from faith. Resting on God's promises, trusting His love and enjoying peace and rest in the knowledge that He makes no mistake, that is visible and tangible radiant faith. Faith proves itself in trials to the “praise, honour and glory” of God (1 Peter 1, 7).