Tim

Praise the Lord for His unfailing kindness.

A young man came for prayer to deal with self-consciousness. He is in his late twenties and has always been uncomfortable in groups and particularly shy around the ladies. He had always been this way, but wondered if prayer could help him overcome it.

We asked God to show him the root of this feeling and its underlying belief. He was reminded of a time in first grade when his teacher used him as an illustration. While he was standing before the class his shirt came untucked from his pants and everyone laughed. He was embarrassed, felt like he was different and didn't fit in. Twenty-two years later he still feels vulnerable to those judgments.

We went back to prayer and asked God to show him what he needed to know. It seemed to me like he listened quietly for a long time, and then said: "I think God was reminding me of that Psalm where it says I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

I asked him what that meant to him. He began explaining how God created him uniquely and with much deliberation. His first sentence was logical and rational, but he quickly lost his voice as the enormity of God's love dawned on him. I let him struggle to put this truth into his own words. It took him several tries, and a few tissues, but he was able to make a full confession of God's truth. Then he took a deep breath and whispered: "Wow!"

"What just happened to you?" I asked.

"I always thought being different was a bad thing. That it made me unacceptable and unwanted, and I never wanted to stick out. But God made me this way on purpose. I haven't been willing to be different, but He wants me to. Different isn't bad, it's actually very good. Wow. I'm fundamentally changed. I have a whole new way of looking at things."

Well said. Another man, created in the image of God, has just been transformed by the renewing of his mind. Instead of being marginalized and paralyzed by fear of rejection, this young witness is now free to express God's creative genius and praise Him for it!

Praise the Lord.