‘Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.’ – Proverbs 31:30
I love this scripture. I love it because it affirms my worth as a woman who fears The Lord and reminds me that the physical things of the world fade. However, I have been guilty in the past of twisting this scripture to fit my own needs. And I fear that I am not the only one.
On more than one occasion I and many others have uttered some variation of the following; ‘It’s ok that I’m not beautiful because I love The Lord and that’s what matters…’ If this doesn’t resonate with you, feel free to substitute loving The Lord for being really funny, intelligent, kind etc. But today, after a time of worship and prayer, I saw this for the lie that it is.
To say ‘Its ok that I’m not beautiful…’ is a lie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to perpetuate the media perception that beauty is the most important thing to aspire to. ‘…beauty does not last…’ What I am saying however is that it is wrong to say ‘I’m not beautiful…’.
When we say these things, what we are really saying is; I don’t feel beautiful so I’m going to overcompensate with other things. But we are beautiful, every single one of us. It’s hard to comprehend sometimes when we look in the mirror and what we see doesn’t quite live up to expectation. But we were created, fearfully and wonderfully, in the image of God Almighty and according to His perfect plan. He sees us through His son Jesus and He delights in what he sees. His version of beauty is far beyond our earthly understanding, just as everything else.
So today I have learnt that it’s ok to say that I am beautiful. Not by any earthly standards, but in the eyes of my God. I am no longer willing to be comforted by the lie that says ‘its ok that I’m not…’ when the truth is I am, because He says I am.