In her autobiography, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Ethel Waters shares her story, “I was never a child. I never was coddled, or liked, or understood by my family. I never felt I belonged. I was always an outsider.… Nobody brought me up.” Ethel Waters’s mother was raped at knifepoint. Because the way Ethel was conceived her mother had a difficult time accepting her as a child. Ethel was tossed around from family member to family member. She was raised in the slums of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and dropped out of school to support herself by cleaning houses.
But God’s amazing grace touched Ethel’s heart and life. She became a very successful singer, actress and made history as being the first black woman to appear on radio, to star at the Palace Theater in New York, the first singer to introduce 50 songs that became hits, the first black singer to appear on television and so many other great accomplishments. Ethel had an understanding of God’s grace to which she would often make the statement, “I am somebody cause God don’t make no junk.” Ethel was actually stating a powerful truth.
Because of bad circumstances and bad people, we can often feel like we don’t matter, there’s something wrong with us or feel like an outcast. But God says differently than what our emotions can feel at times. God states over and over about how much He cares and loves us.
- The Lord takes delight in you (Psalms 149:4a).
- God made you with His own hands for a specific purpose (Ephesians 2:10a).
- You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! (Psalms 139:13-18 TLB).
- “…for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zachariah 2:8b).
- You are precious in God’s sight, honored and loved by God (Isaiah 43:4).
- God rejoices over you as a bridegroom over his bride (Isaiah 62:5).
- You are God’s friend (Zephaniah 3:17).
God does not want you to feel or say that you are a loser, outcast, no good or you don’t measure up. People may say hurtful things, but God is singing over you today. People may reject you, but God wants you to know that He accepts you. Jesus’ love is so extravagant for you, that He has taken all your pain and placed it upon Himself. Don’t let voices, people, emotions or feelings rob you of what God has done for you.
You are somebody, because God doesn’t make junk.
David Shannon Wooten – 5.1.17