Double Take

I just love being one of five children in my family.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Together, we have high hopes of growing to a family of 30.  We’re well on our way…by February, our little family of 7 will grow to 13…only 17 more to go!  We’re no Duggers, but we try.

Photo from EOnline

When your family is on the larger side, it’s easy to mix people up.  Often, my mom would just rattle off names until she got the right one, “Cal, Ab, Lar, Will…Elizabeth!”

With wedding bells in the air, lately, several people have been mixing up with the blushing bride.  Last weekend, we attended a wedding and several people came up to me and said, “You’re next!”  Last night, at Changing Seasons, someone asked, “Isn’t the wedding on Saturday?  How are you so calm?”  To which I calmly replied, “Because it’s not my wedding…this time, I’m the guest!”

It’s extremely easy to mix us up.  Especially since we sound exaclty alike.  Several times, I have listened to voicemails she leaves me and get mixed up, thinking I left them for myself.  While I just love being associated with Cally’s wit, humor, poise, height, and beauty, no matter how similar we may seem, I’m not Cally, I’m Elizabeth.

I’m sure at one point or another, all of us have been mistaken for someone else, but no matter how similar we may appear to be, each one of us is incredibly and uniquely made, bearing the imprint of our Creator.  Just look at how intricate our finger prints are.  It never ceases to amaze me that with the billions of people on the earth, each print is original.

But our uniqueness goes far beyond a print, Psalm 139 says that God “knit us together” in our mother’s womb and we are each made “wonderfully complex.”  God designed us in His image and carefully shaped our features, talents, and dreams–even the plans and the future God has designed for us are uniquely ours.   

A verse I LOVE to reference is Jeremiah 29:11:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   
He doesn’t say “I know the plans I have for your city, your family, or your friends”… He knows the plans He has for YOU–a unique and perfect plan.   
Part of me feels like I’m rambling this morning, but the point I’m hoping to make is that no matter how similar you may be or feel to those around you, don’t forget how perfect, special, and unique you are to God.  When it comes to God, there is no mistaking you for another, He knows you, He made you, and He loves you more than you know!