The I AM says I am beautiful!
“You are altogether beautiful, there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7
If I think really hard I can remember a time, as a small girl, when I felt beautiful. But not nearly as difficult to recall are the feelings I experienced when I looked at myself right after entering puberty. Gazing in the mirror at my reflection, I saw a girl who had developed new curves and who had added a few pounds to the scale. I saw a girl who had an oily sheen to her face complimented with the red bumps known as pimples or zits. And thanks to a lengthy visit with Dr. McKinley, the local orthodontist, I saw a metal mouth glistening from the mirror! UGH! I remember speaking out loud to that young girl in the mirror…“You are ugly!” These feelings only seemed to magnify over the years through the highs and lows of surging hormones, not to mention the fact that I compared myself to the other girls my age featured in Seventeen magazine. If only my Calvin Klein jeans looked as good on me as they did on Brooke Shields; if only my Stridex acne pads really had wiped away MY pimples. If only.
I wish I could tell you that as my teenage years gave way to my twenties and thirties that I became less hard on myself, but I can’t. As a matter of fact, it seemed as if society’s demands to look good became more and more demanding. And now, as a middle-aged woman I find myself still struggling, only now, instead of counting zits, I count wrinkles.
Are you like me, friend? Are you still looking in that full-length mirror and speaking to yourself in ways that you would never speak to another woman? Are you still thinking that you don’t measure up because of a number on the scales or imperfections on your face? We are God's masterpiece and so let’s just stop it. Let’s turn our eyes from the mirror and turn them toward heaven. Our beauty is not determined by the standards of this world but by who we are in Christ. God loves us for who we are on the inside! Ladies, we were made new in Christ. The words of 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 assure us, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day…. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”
In Song of Solomon 2:10 He calls us His beautiful one! So, today I challenge us all to get up, wash our face, brush our teeth, and look confidently into that mirror. Ignore the actual image that is staring at us and look deeper. And then, being confident that God sees us through the lens of Christ, smile and say, “I am beautiful…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 45:11; Psalm 62:3-5; Song of Solomon 2:2; Zephaniah 3:17
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen