We grow up because pituitary glands secreted behind our eyes, release growth hormones. A banana-shaped pancreas, which hides behind our stomach, regulates our blood sugar so that we don’t get diabetes. Two tiny adrenal glands live on top of our kidneys. Their job is to produce adrenaline when we are stressed or excited. The base of our throat hides our thyroid gland and it releases hormones that affect our metabolism.
These are only some of our secret parts. We never think about them unless they stop working. How many more secrets hide in our bodies and keep us well? I don’t know and I bet you don’t either. We just take our body and its multiple survival mechanisms for granted.
Most of us know Psalm 139:14a. We may have thanked God and even praised him because he tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14a-I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made (NIV)
The last half of the verse is less popular.
Psalm 139:14b- Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Do we really know and appreciate how wonderful our bodies are? I don’t believe that we do. If we did we would take better care of our more visible outer bodies so that our inner parts could do their jobs more efficiently.
If we really believed this verse, we would make different choices so that our body parts didn’t have to work so hard to keep us well.
Psalm 139:14-I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Prayer: Lord, we hardly ever take care of our visible outer parts, let alone our secret parts. Forgive us for not taking you at your word. Thanks for making us in such a fearful, wonderful way. Now that we know it, help us act like it. In Christ’s name. Amen