I hate my bellybutton. It just makes me sick if I have to look at it. I herniated it during my pregnancy with Caleb (basically it popped out and never went back in).
My OB told me that when I was done having kids I should get it stitched up to prevent anything making it worse in the future.
Yeah, I haven’t done that yet. I’m finally back to a good exercise plan and that would knock me out for weeks. And surgery? Scarier than giving birth.
But my disdain for my belly button has not been a post part issue. No, it’s been as long as I can possible remember.
As a tiny little girl, I looked down at my “outie” and thought it was gross and ugly compared to everyone else cute little “innies”.
Even though it was rarely seen, I was so self conscious about it.
I hated it.
Before I got married I was so afraid that my future husband would think my belly button was ugly (I know…if you’ve had babies this sound like the least of your worries…but remember this was pre-kids!).
The other night I was bathing the kids and I noticed for the first time that each of their belly buttons were completely different. Eli has this adorable innie, Caleb is kind of a sweet little “middle of the road” and Amayah had probably the cutest belly button I had ever seen.
I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I knew I had seen it somewhere before.
As I was telling her she had the most adorable little belly button it hit me! She has MY belly button!
I was so shocked. She has a little outie and it was honestly one of the cutest, prettiest little things.
I started yelling at Andrew “did you know she has MY BELLYBUTTON?? HOW HAVE I NOT NOTICED THIS! AND IT’S CUTE! IT’S ACTUALLY REALLY REALLY CUTE!”.
He seemed a little confused by my enthusiasm.
But guys, it was this crazy moment of seeing something that I thought was ugly on me, as beautiful on her.
And that means that if it was beautiful on her, than even if my thoughts told me otherwise, then it was beautiful on me too.
Our uniqueness is not ugly. All it takes is seeing our similarity in someone else to recognize it’s beauty.
I think God is saying to us tonight, it’s just like Him. Our belly button is just like his. We are a lovely, adorable, wonderful reflection of who he is.
And THAT is not ugly.
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27 (NLT)