Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
High Fashion
Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity.
Job 10:8 (NKLV)
I was raised by a high fashion model, who walked her way into the Models Hall of Fame. My daughter in New York photographs similar faces.

Yet, the requirements of high fashion models are as narrow as the hips on Project Runway. Millions who don't make the cut feel less than beautiful. Millions more, whose faces or bodies don't fit society's broader norm, can become objects of scorn. The result? Abandoned dreams, school shootings, even suicide.

Where do God's children, written off as unattractive, special needs, or 'peculiar', truly fit in? Exactly where He wants them, because God makes each of us to be 'a peculiar treasure unto {Him} above all people' (Exodus 19:5), and He does not make mistakes.

'For we are His workmanship' (Ephesians 2:10). We are 'fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14). Those of us deemed undesirable by the world's standards have beauty beyond compare by His standards.

On the other hand, God's children who are called beautiful by the world, like Esther, have a special challenge: a unique mission. Esther, by reason of her appearance and character, became a great queen that God used to save His people.

Today, many of God's models and artists are invited to enter the mighty kingdom of fashion--to walk in the midst of arrogance, elitism, and false idols. Why? To bring truth to those who have been deceived. To become His spokesmodels. To walk in love. To save His people.

To honor the Ultimate Designer who fashions a dwarf, a legless man, and a Down's syndrome baby with incalculable grace. To teach. To embrace. To model what High Fashion must become.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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