Beauty in the Beholder
Often we ask the question, “Does God see me?” Yes! The answer is a thousand times yes!
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” - unknown
“Be like a diamond, precious and rare; not like a stone found everywhere.” - unknown
The old saying is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” As women it is very important for us to focus on the One Who is “beholding” us. God’s heart is saddened as He watches the women He creates with love and extraordinary detail worry over what the world thinks they should be. God longs for us to seek our fulfillment in Him, allowing Him to be our first love. He wants to be the One Who satisfies our longings, tells us we are beautiful, and meets our hearts’ deepest desires. When seeking the world’s approval, we will always experience profound disappointment because the world cannot meet the deep longing God has placed in our hearts for only Him. Our lives can be filled with many things, but if we don’t have Christ-centered hearts, frustration will always follow.
Often we ask the question, “Does God see me?” Yes! The answer is a thousand times yes! The Lord does see you. I am reminded of the story of Hagar, who finds herself in a terrible situation that is not orchestrated by her own actions. She runs away, distraught by her situation, and finds herself weeping by a stream. At this moment Hagar is at a loss for words, feeling overwhelmed, wronged, helpless, and hopeless. Genesis 16:7 says “The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness….. 13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”[d] for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” I love this story because it tells us that God found Hagar, meaning he was searching for her. Hagar, even as a slave, did not go unnoticed by the Lord. Hagar was probably not a beautiful woman by our standards. She was a slave, which meant she was probably worn by her tasks, but God was searching her heart, not her outer appearance. God’s compassion to this woman, who was not of His people, is overwhelming. With his agape love, God sought her out, comforted her heart, and made her a promise. Although sometimes we see ourselves as Hagar, unattractive, unproductive, unworthy, our Savior sees us as His beautiful daughters. Hagar is so overwhelmed that God would spend time with her and seek her out, she names Him El Roi – The God Who sees. Hagar saw the Lord and knew He was the One Who watched after her. Just by realizing Someone was there for her allowed Hagar to return and face some challenging circumstances.
Can we allow it to soak in, as Hagar did, that the Lord loves us and is watching over us always, even when we don’t feel beautiful or our best? He loves us no matter what our hair looks like because there was no time for a shower, smiles when he sees the shirt sprinkled with spit-up because we have a 3 month old, loves the fact our house is a wreck because we are playing with our children. His heart breaks for us as tears of disappointment fall from our eyes, and He celebrates when we take joy and comfort in Him. Ladies, the Lord is enamored with you. Zechariah 2:8 states, “… for who touches you touch the apple of my eye.” The Lord considers you the apple of His eye. The Lord wants to show us how beautiful we are to Him, not using the standards of the world, but by using the content of our hearts. The Lord does not examine the outer self for beauty, but judges what is in the heart. May we find ourselves filling up our hearts with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. As we become more and more like Christ, on the inside, our beauty will shine as a beacon to a world that yearns for a love they do not know.
Are you tired of hoping that someone else could fill the place that was meant for Me? I see you, all of you, and you do not have to hide anymore. I see your sin, and I see your flaws, and I still desire you as My own. I am crazy about you. I am the answer for your longing. The “more” that your heart waits for is Me.” – Angela Thomas Do You Think I Am Beautiful