Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity.
I was raised by a high fashion model, later named to the Models Hall of Fame.* My New York daughter photographs models, expanding her grandmother's legacy.
But even now, industry requirements are as narrow as Project Runway hips. Girls who don't make the cut feel overweight. Millions more, whose faces or body types don't fit designer notions of beauty, endure depression, self-hatred and scorn.
Some tragic results? Anorexia, abandoned dreams- and even suicide.
Where do God's children, deemed unattractive, special needs or peculiar... truly fit? In a perfectly lovely position...
Because our Lord makes each of us as a 'peculiar treasure... above all people' (Exodus 19:5). Only One Designer makes no mistakes.
'For we are His workmanship' (Ephesians 2:10)... 'Fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139:14). People branded as undesirable must not believe such a slanderous lie. In truth, their beauty is high above norm.
On the other hand, some of God's children ARE called pretty by the world, like Esther.
But their looks are simply God-given hooks, designed to put them in special places, where 'cookie-cutter' beauty is needed. Esther, by appearance and character, was ordained by God to save her people.
Similarly, some of God's Own models have been called to the kingdoms of fashion--to rise up in the midst of arrogance, elitism- and even idol worship.
To bring truth to a world sorely deceived. To be spokesmodels. To bear His Standard. To redefine beauty and walk in love.
To honor the Ultimate Designer, Who fashions a dwarf, a man without legs, and a Down's syndrome baby with such grace... that the best among us can't hope to match.
To teach. To embrace. To model what High Fashion must become.
## High Style
NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2011 Shine Devotion High Fashion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
* My mother, Millie Lewis, was a New York fashion model in the late 1940's. After marrying and moving to SC, she opened a chain of modeling, finishing schools and agencies. She was inducted into the 'Models Hall of Fame' by the Modeling Association of America in the 1980's.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the High Style series.