Beauty That Never Fades
As a young girl, I often watched the fairy tale Snow White.
One of the most famous lines came from the evil queen as she faces the magic mirror, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
As I grow up, that fairy tale has somewhat influenced the way I think because every time I look at the mirror, I would wonder if I was indeed, beautiful. And honestly, I would think that I am not beautiful enough.
But truth is, there are times when we allow a “magic mirror” to define what beauty is.
But there is one verse in the Bible that caught my attention on beauty, which we can find in Isaiah 61:3. It says:
“And provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
The phrase “crown of beauty” reveals a powerful truth, which reminds us that God gives us beauty. Being a child of God merits his approval. We’ve already earned the “crown” without even joining a beauty contest. You don’t need to earn a beauty contest title to take pride that you are the most beautiful girl.
We are designed in the image of God so He wants us to be a reflection of His beauty in relation to His nature and greatness. We need to value who we are because of God who loves us so much and He gives so much attention to us.
And amid storms in life, that we can still exude confidence and courage, knowing that God is leading us.
Interestingly, the phrase “oaks of righteousness” likens us to a tree. Like a sturdy oak tree, God makes us strong. We can withstand any trial. Whatever He has planted, He ensures that it will flourish.
God wants us to display His strength and to have the courage to do what is right.
His grace is very much available even under pressure. We can come out strong and resilient in the midst of challenges, pains and tears. We don’t need cosmetic surgery to stay beautiful because Christ gives us a kind of beauty that will never fade. We are beautiful inside and out.
Through Christ’s finished work on the cross, God is pleased with us. By standing on that truth, we can walk in confidence in Him. And regardless when there are days that we may become a disappointment to Him, be secure that He loves us anyway.
Instead, continue to abide in Him as we pursue His will. In Christ, He has given us the grace and strength that so we can say “No” to sin and not compromise our conviction.
God created a woman with a particular purpose in mind. When He looks at us, it is about representing who He is by embracing our womanhood. It is one that cannot be fulfilled without His grace and His Word hidden deep in our hearts. Becoming a woman of God is about pursuing Him in all that we do.
Learn to embrace who you are. You are a woman who is purpose. You are called to be a dear sister, a committed student, a responsible single, a doting wife, a wonderful mother and definitely a lover of God. You can be a great leader who can be an influence to the people around you. You can live a life that would honor God.