When do you feel truly beautiful? When you are wearing that new outfit you just got in the mail? Maybe as you are hitting that extra mile on your run or hike? Is it when you are worshiping the Lord with your hands held high and tears running down your face? Is it when you are alone? God sees you as beautiful in all of those special moments and more!!
God thinks you are amazing! He thinks you are precious! He thinks you are smart! He thinks you are worthy! He thinks you are priceless! He thinks the world of you!
He knows you are pure beauty just by you being exactly who He created you to be. He is The Creator. He has designed the most delicate snowflakes, the most fragrant roses, the greenest valleys with roaming wildflowers and the scent of honey. God knows beauty. He knows TRUE BEAUTY. God does not lie and He calls you beautiful.
He sees your scars and He heals them. He turns your brokenness into the greatest part of your beauty. In your humility He can see your strength. With your heart in His hand, given freely, He sees you with Him in eternity.
Do not ever let the enemy take that truth away from you.
There is nothing wrong with wanting something. Some things we want are just to make our lives easier or maybe someone else’s. Sometimes we just want stuff because its cool, the new “it” item or we think it will make us look like we are more than we actually are. Then there are the wants of healing. This could be your heart, your marriage, your grandmother’s terminal illness, your prodigal child or your life situation in general.
Being in want is part of life. We just need to be careful that we don’t start to become fearful of not receiving exactly what we want or getting it when we want it. When we make that our focus, it can put us in a formidable funk. We can start to get angry that we are not getting our way. Might even start the seeds of animosity towards God for not following OUR PLAN for how we strongly feel our life should be flowing.
We must remember, even when it seems ridiculous, to have total trust in our incredible God. His timing is ALWAYS, ALWAYS PERFECT. Our duty is to believe in His goodness and fearlessly wait for Him to bring us to precisely what our lives require when it’s absolutely essential. It takes strong faith and fortitude to stand firm in the knowledge that what we “want” might not be what is right for us to cultivate our spirit in the way God has outlined for us. Even if the situations don’t turn out the way we desperately want them too…God always guides us to what is for the best, in His timing, through His plan.
Elijah was alone in the desert. All by himself, in the desert, alone. I am talking no nothing around. There was no corner market, no coffee shop, no park to watch kiddos play…there was absolutely no Wi-Fi signal at all. He was in a place so removed from society uber eats could not even find him. He was so isolated that for him to eat, birds brought him food!
I have lived in this spot. I don’t mean literally in the desert being catered by ravens. I mean hurting so deep, in a way that kept me so far emotionally from the world around me. It’s a dark, desolate, empty and deserted place. You feel so alone. You kind of embrace the aloneness because you are just so incredibly broken.
Sadly, I know that at Christmas time more people seem to find that secluded spot. There are many reasons that you can find yourself there, being saved a seat in a dark corner of rejection and unworthiness. I have personally been fortunate enough to even have Disgusted seated at my right and Unneeded on my left for dinner partners. Lucky me. There are many reason you might find yourself there too. Maybe the death of a loved one, loss of a friendship, adulterous spouse, reduction of workforce, sickness, a breakup, moving, overload of bills, watching someone you love walking through something painful…so many different paths to get you to the same place of withdrawing.
Friend, don’t allow this new normal to rob you of your intimacy with God and what He could show you in the days to come. Whisper the truth to yourself in these difficult times, to remember that ultimately, this season, though now different, still brings with it ETERNAL HOPE in the person of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes God brings you to this place, so you will remember He is there for you. He is greater than any hurt you can imagine. I am NOT discounting any of your pain. It is 100% REAL and I KNOW IT HURTS LIKE HECK!!! I know I felt like I was drowning, truly drowning with my feet planted firmly on the earth. Yet there I was gasping for breath, dragging myself to possible moments in an attempt to inhale even a small sliver of life into my soul. No one noticed. My heart fell further. Of all those people I had been there for, not one could see that I was dying right in front of their eyes. I felt more desolate than I had before. I was forsaken in the overpowering pounding oceanic waves of my mind. No one was coming to save me. Have you ever been there too? Maybe somewhere similar? Are you there now?
You are not alone.
Jesus sees you and your pain.
Please hear me. Jesus knows exactly where you are. HE CAN SAVE YOU. Lift your hands. Reach up to Him. Share your tears and sadness. He can take it. He wants to take this pain from your heart. He wants to heal your wounds.
The holiday may not look exactly as you might want it to, but please don’t allow grief or bitterness to steal joy from you. YOU ARE LOVED AND WANTED IMMENSELY!! Your real Christmas gift was born in a humble stable to homeless parents. He was honestly hated by many, felt alone in a crowd, knew betrayal and loss. He CHOSE to die for YOU so YOU could live with Him FOREVER!! If this is you, please reach out. If this is someone you know, please hold them tight. Share Jesus with them and bring them light into their darkness.
Please if you don’t feel that you can speak to someone you know and you are going through a truly dark season, call this number and have your feelings heard and validated. You are important and your feelings do matter. People do care. 1-800-273-8255
Here is one of my most loved quotes from A. W. Tozer. It inspires me to keep going and remember who it is I live for. I hope you love it too.
Too often, we give God only the tired remnants of our time. If Jesus Christ had given us only the remnant of His time, we would all be on our way to that darkness that knows no morning. Christ gave us not the tattered leftovers of His time; He gave us all the time He had. But some of us give Him only the leftovers of our money and of our talents and never give our time fully to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us all. Because He gave us all, we have what we have; and He calls us “as He is, so are we in this world.’ -The Crucified Life
The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
John the Baptist ate locusts.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
Mary Magdalene was, well you know.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small. Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer…
Lazarus was dead!