My garden is about done for the year. Summer has made way into fall, and like most of you, I am harvesting what I planted in the spring (though on a much smaller scale to you farmers).  And as I pulled up my carrots, I noticed most of them look funny. By that, I mean they did look like what I have come to expect a carrot to look like in my grocery shopping days.

A few are bent and gangly looking. Some look like little two legged people running the awkward race. Very few are pointed in that traditional carrot shape. Most are rounded or sideways or some other fun and interesting shape. My guess is the soil that they are planted shapes them and they grow in whatever form helps them dig in their roots and grow. And then despite my attempts to get the dirt off, they still look dingy or second-hand, like a carrot could ever be “second-hand.” They never looked quite store bought…

And as I cleaned these carrots, trying to get them all shiny and store-like, I realized that we can do this same sort of thing to people. We can look at each other and ourselves like I did my carrots versus the pretty and waxed store bought produce. We expect each other and ourselves to have a certain amount of sheen and shape, and to look like what we’ve seen in the stores.  And when we don’t fit that aesthetic, or others don’t fit that look, we can perceive them or ourselves as “second-hand” or dingy, like a person created in the image of God could ever be second hand to anyone.

The thing is my carrots look the way they do because they are real carrots. The ones that I dug out of the ground yesterday, and will most likely be dinner tomorrow, are truly how carrots come out of the ground. And you know what, they taste better than anything I have ever picked up in the store…

We each are a child of God, created in God’s image. We have worth because we are God’s and not because of how uniform or waxed over we are. In fact, I think God had fun making us each unique, just like my carrots. And while it can be easy to look at the outside and judge in a commercialized, objectified, and sexualized society, (and that is the world constantly advertised to us), what counts is that God has made us and claimed us. And so this week, try to appreciate how God has made you, how the soil of life has shaped you, and how you are more delightful than anything that could ever be bought in the store. 🙂  Enjoy this new week!