There is a saying that goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder”.
But what if my eyes do not behold beauty when I look in the mirror?
What woman, young or old, hasn’t wondered this about herself? She looks into the mirror, but isn’t satisfied with the reflection gazing back.
I have five remarkable daughters. Absolutely beautiful daughters. And of course I think they are lovely in appearance, in figure and face. But the beauty that shines most clearly to me, is the beauty of their spirits. They are each one different in personality, in strengths and weaknesses.
But the Holy Spirit lives in each one of them. And I can see them growing in beauty, day by day, as He works in their hearts transforming them from the inside out.
But of course they don’t have their mother’s perspective! And so they are not usually aware of many of the ways they are changing. Nor do they see themselves with my eyes; they don’t know they are beautiful.
Last night at bedtime, one of my daughters shared with me that when she looks into the mirror, she is more than disappointed with what she sees. Instead of seeing the shining beauty of that generous, kind, sweet and loving spirit, she sees freckles, and curly hair that wants to make itself frizzy in the summer heat and moisture and refuses to be tamed by comb or conditioner. And as I listen to her talking, sharing her disappointment with me, I can think of how many times I have felt the same thing about myself.
And the words God brings to my mind are from His Word. The best words I know. And I tell her, and I tell myself, those precious words that are meant for both of us, from 1 Peter 3:4
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.”
No matter whether you are a young lady, or a woman, you may at sometime or another be tempted to feel a sense of disappointment or discontentment with your outward appearance.
Remember, the beauty you see in the mirror is only outward.
It is perishable.
But that beauty inside of you!
It is imperishable! It is true beauty!
Beauty that your Father sees, and He lets others see in you, as well.
I see it.