Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
As I gaze out my desk window, I see trees with no leaves, brown grass, rain soaked ground and a dull blue sky. To most, this is not beauty. But as I continue to gaze I’m reminded of the One who created it all. He is the creator of beauty. He created the different seasons for a reason. In the winter season, everything is taking a rest. Replenishing it’s roots so when the spring season arises beauty in it’s purest form will emerge. Each season has it’s own beauty.
The same goes for me. When I was young I had the beauty of a child and as I age my beauty simply gets more distinct. I’ve had to grasp the realization that my outer beauty is not what My God is most interested in. Obviously, if the outer skin was something that He put great importance on, then we would all be the same on the outside. But it’s our inner beauty that He holds to the highest standards. If I was honest, and I will be, my inner beauty hasn’t always been that of His standard. I was filled will anger, judgement, shame, guilt, pride and resentment. Sometimes our experiences in this world can bring out all types of inner ugly. I’m grateful that He was patient with me. He has been full of mercy, grace and forgiving me of all my inner ugly. I rejoice and now I call myself “beauty”.
We all have that same inner beauty that He created, we just need to seek Him to find it. I’ve come across many who have allowed the experiences of this world to rob them of the beauty that they possess. I have learned that the beauty that God placed in me can be used to help others find theirs. By having mercy, grace and sharing God’s forgiveness with them, they are able to realize their inner beauty that God filled them with.
So we need to STOP looking at the outer beauty of things and people and remember the inner beauty God placed there. Love and experience the beauty of this world, filled with mercy, grace and forgiveness, sharing His beauty.
Lord I thank You for your patience with me. I thank You for keeping me from wondering too far off the path. I thank You for your Son who sacrificed so that I would have an opportunity to show others who You are. I’m Grateful! Amen!