You Are Seriously Beautiful
Editor’s Note: This is Part 13A of The Portrait of Eve series.
God of All Beauty
God created us with this deep, innate desire to experience beauty – to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell beauty! King David writes in Psalm 27:4, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” And in Psalm 84:1-2, he writes, “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” King David is desperate for the living God – for the life that God gives, for His beauty!
Psalm 50:1 begins, “The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. ” This is an all-powerful God! But He is also an all-beautiful God. Verse 2-3 continues, “From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” The very essence of beauty exists in God and is poured out in His creation.
God also shared His beauty with all of creation. Psalm 19:1,4-6 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands...In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.”
Think of the last sunset or sunrise you watched. Was it beautiful? Of course! Now think of the last wedding you attended or your own wedding. How did the groom look? Personally, I thought Adam had never looked more handsome when I walked down the aisle toward him on our wedding day. And when he smiles at me, I feel all the warmth of his love pouring into my heart and soul. And it’s beautiful!
John and Stacie Eldredge in Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul assert,
“Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful…beauty is in and of itself a great and glorious good, something we need in large and daily doses…Nature at the height of its glory shouts, Beauty is essential! revealing that Beauty is the essence of God.”
Isaiah 6:3 tells us that the whole earth is filled with God’s glory. But the beauty of God doesn’t just merely stop in the oceans, sun, moon, stars, trees, and animals. Psalm 8:3-8 says,
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet...”
Man is insignificant compared to the beauty and splendor of the Lord, and yet God chose to crown him with glory and honor and make him a ruler over the earth.
And then there is Eve, a joint ruler with Adam, a sustainer-beside-him, and a glorious Beauty – the capstone of creation.
“Beauty is the essence of a woman. We want to be perfectly clear that we mean both a physical beauty and a soulful/spiritual beauty. The one depends upon and flows out of the other. yes, the world cheapens and prostitutes beauty, making it all about a perfect figure few women can attain. But Christians minimize it too, or overspiritualize it, making it all about ‘character.’ We must recover the prize of Beauty. The church must take it back. Beauty is too vital to lose.” (Eldredge)
Go to a mirror. Stand in front of it right now and say to yourself,
“I am lovely because the God of all beauty created me to be lovely. I am beautiful because the living glorious God lives in me. The world desperately needs beauty. The church desperately needs beauty. I am too vital to hide, to run away, to be ashamed, or to feel guilty about my beauty. I was created to be powerful, to be honored, and to shine!“
I’m serious! Go do it! Right now!
Okay, did you feel silly? I did too. But God is serious about beauty and He created you to be seriously beautiful. There is a power in beauty. Eve was created to have a lovely form and figure, and a beautiful spirit and heart. And this beauty is dangerous. The Eldredges explain this: Beauty has the power to speak, to invite, to nourish, to comfort, to inspire, and to transcend.The world is desperate for Beauty. It longs to hear the truths that Beauty speaks, to be invited to enjoy Beauty, to be nourished and comforted by Beauty, to be inspired by all Her glory, and to learn of and understand the mysteries of the universe and the Living God through Beauty!
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “ He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Beauty both mystifies human hearts and unveils the truths of an all-beautiful, mysterious, and captivating God who longs to be loved and desired. We, as women, embody this desire, this longing, this transcendent beauty.
So why don’t we understand beauty more? Simply put, sin. Sin entered this world and the hearts of humans and corrupted all that was once created to be perfectly good. With sin comes erroneous beliefs about our Creator God, ourselves, and our Beauty. Crudely put, a beautiful body sells. We have sacrificed true beauty on the altar for unnatural, unattainable beauty. We have been told time and time again that we have to put ourselves out there in order to be truly beautiful, in order to truly become a woman. THIS IS WRONG!
You don’t have to do anything to be beautiful. You are beautiful. The beauty is within you. But offering beauty to the world is scary especially when we’ve been told to be better, bigger, smaller, thinner, thicker, taller, shorter, and sexier. Offering beauty is terrifying when we’ve been hurt, trampled, pushed back, pushed out, ignored, avoided, abused, and neglected. “Isn’t that why we hide, why we strive, why we control, why we do anything, but offer beauty?” the Eldredges ask. Our hearts have been battered, bruised, beaten, and maybe even defeated at times.
Opening your beauty to be seen by the world is scary and vulnerable, but don’t live in fear, dear lady friend. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness when we turn to Him in faith and hope that He will sustain us, strengthen us, protect us, and love us with an everlasting love.
We Will Shine
You are an embodiment of eternal living beauty. God stepped down out of heaven and chose to live as a man on earth because He wanted Beauty to be set free – from shame, from guilt, from pain and suffering, and from a life without Him. While we are on this earth, we will endure pain, but this doesn’t mean we won’t shine!
Consider this. A star is born in violence and chaos. It begins as mere particles floating around in vast clouds of dust and gas. Then, suddenly, a shockwave from a distant supernova forces the particles to collide and form clumps. As these clumps grow in mass, they have a stronger gravitational pull, drawing in even more particles. The center of this clump grows hotter and denser, sucking in gases from the surrounding area. When it grows hot enough, the hydrogen atoms fuse, producing helium and pushing out energy. But gravity’s inward pull is stronger than the energy (atomic reaction nuclear fusion) being pushed out. Once enough mass collapses inward, hydrogen fusion counteracts gravity’s pull and the gas explodes outward, blasting everything remaining away and what is left is a young star.
Why does the star go through all that? To be given a chance to shine and share its beauty with the world. You, like the star, were born into a chaotic and violent world. You are born into a world fighting against sin and pain. But if you push through the pain with the hope of God within your heart, you will shine in His glorious light brighter than the darkness can ever overtake.
Romans 5:18 says,
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Hold on, darling of God! You are a sinner without Christ, but Christ died for you! Because He loved you that much! Because He desperately wanted you! Stay strong, dear sister! Jesus Christ endured the cross so you didn’t have to and to set you free. Your beauty will not go unnoticed by the living, loving, all-beautiful God!
In closing, I want to share Matt Papa’s “We Will Shine” song. Let the light of God shine through you and empower you!
I’d love to hear from you…
What thoughts or questions do you have about beauty or how God designed you? How does this post change your image of your beauty, if at all and why or why not? What is one thing you will purpose to do in order to shine beautifully even in pain?
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