Monday, May 20, 2013

Beauty and the Beast

Why is it that our hair day can make us either a beauty or a beast?

Because believe me, it does in this house.

Which is why this verse stood out to me so loudly recently:

The Lord doesn't look at the things people look at. Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

See, a bad hair day doesn't mean a thing to God until it changes our heart. Because that's what He looks at.  In fact, I'm always telling my kids their smiles and their hearts are what makes them beautiful, and then I go and let a stray hair turn me into a beast. The thought was enough to make me put down my hairspray.

And as I spoke to God about how hard it is to be nearing forty, to have lost my thyroid and have my hormones go squirly while my metabolism slows, the wrinkles growing right  along with the grey hair...that yes, it was awesome He looked at my heart, but was it so bad to want to be beautiful on the outside too?

He responded with such soft, quiet words I wanted to cry...and maybe did...

"You are all together beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you." Song of Solomon 4:7

I'm beautiful. And not just me--because I KNOW I'm not the only woman who needs to hear this--but YOU TOO! Do you realize that God wrote that for you, too? His Book is a love letter to us all. That means YOU are all together beautiful, that YOU are flawless. And it's because you belong to Him.

So the next time you're getting ready and things aren't playing quite as nicely as they used to be, let that verse sink right through you--listen to Him whisper it in your ear. Better yet, post it on your mirror and read it every day.

Because you're a beauty. Princess and all:)

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh Susan, this is awesome. Mondays always feel like my worst hair days...and my most scattered, un-put together days in general. So your words were definitely uplifting. And God's words, too...I love that He sees us as beautiful even when we feel anything but. :)