Over the past few months, more specifically over the past two or three weeks, I have been on a journey of self discovery. It is changing everything. I am learning who I truly am. I am seeing insecurities fade away (slowly, mind you) as I come to grips with + learn to love me just as I was created to be.
During this time one of the things that I have really been drawn to study + investigate is what it means to be truly beautiful. This morning, again seeking to discover the true essence of beauty, I looked up the word “beauty” in the concordance in the back of my bible. Would you believe that none of the verses listed under the word had anything to do with physical appearance? Really. (1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 27:4, 39:11, 45:11, 49:14, 90:17, 110:3) Check em out!
After reading + meditating on these verses I wrote a little something in my journal:
“Lord, whenever Your Word talks of Your beauty it describes something all-powerful, all-consuming, and everlasting. But when it talks of our beauty it describes something vain and fleeting. Yes, human beauty is wonderful and to be appreciated but it is NOT to be confused with the beauty [true beauty] that comes from You alone!”
With this new take on beauty I decided to go further and look up the word “beauty” in a dictionary. The definition I found amazed me:
1.) Qualities that are pleasing to the senses or that satisfy the mind or spirit.
2.) Someone or something having such qualities.
Wow. We, as a people, have so limited the meaning of beauty to only incorporate one sense: sight. But as God’s word and even Webster’s dictionary reveals, true beauty encompasses so, SO much more. We are not just a “seeing” people. We have five senses. True beauty will ignite + awaken each and every one.
So I sat and I talked with God. I studied His Word and I decided for me what it means to be beautiful. In every sense of the word.
“Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in Your word.” Psalm 119:74
I pray that when people see me they would be encouraged… because they see Christ. True beauty is being able to walk with a countenance that reveals the joy and hope that abides in my heart through Jesus.
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
I pray that I would be the fragrance of Christ! True beauty is being able to walk into a room and have the fragrance of the knowledge of God follow me.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart…”
I pray that God would speak through me and use me to satisfy the hunger of His people! True beauty is being able to speak and have every word bring glory to God and life to the hearer.
“My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.”
I pray that people would hear my testimony of God’s faithfulness + goodness and receive hope. True beauty is having a soul that sings a new song into the ears of God’s people.
“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.”
In His word Jesus says, “…the works that I do you will do also; and greater works than these you will do…” Wow. Can you imagine people being comforted + healed, spirits being lifted + renewed, at your touch?! I get goosebumps just thinking about it. True beauty is being able to hold a hand, give a hug, or lay on hands and pray for another… and impart LIFE.