“Beauty is a mystery, but not for those who dare to see through the eyes of truth.” ~ Insightful Reflections of the Human Kind by Jennifer Goodson 2008-2013 © Copyright. All Rights Reserved.
Psalms 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
The Amplified version states this in verse 15: “My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].”
Each of us has been intricately and curiously made by the Creator. He did not dismiss one detail during the creation process. He filled our lives, our bodies, our souls with a variety of colors! How beautiful do you think you are? How great is His love for you! That He would take the time and pick out colors to embrace your sculpted being breathing you into a created purposed life! God’s perspective of us is far greater than what we would ever imagine. However, many of us allow the circumstances of life to change that view. How do you see yourself? Your true beauty? Outward – Inward?
Many years back, through several mishaps of life, self-esteem issues, and a rape I experienced at the age of 27, I allowed my perspective of myself to be destroyed. I traded truth for shame and wore its colors well. Until one evening, after months of counseling and inner healing, as I lay in bed beside my husband I shouted, “I am beautiful!”, then exploded with laughter. Of course, my husband joined me in my dance of joyous freedom and said, “Yes, why did you not think you were before?” There is a long list of the ‘whys’ that one day soon I will share . . .
You might say that’s just crazy (my shouting), but let me tell you that night’s shout out was the most liberating words I had ever spoken in my life. The chains of shame began to break off my mind. The barbed wire fence around my heart fell down. I was finally . . . F R E E. For some it takes years of wandering for them to grasp a hold of the truth and experience such freedom. Then there are some who never dig deep enough to deal with their shame issues, their self-esteem issues, their fear, their hate, etc. These are those who are living a life of regret not ever experiencing the truth of God’s perspective of who they are. In all honesty, they are not – living – they are dying inside to a grave tune that will become their mask and burden to bare.
We take our guilt, our shame, and our pain and use it to mar the beautiful sculptured masterpiece God has created. We change His view to match ours so that we can be comfortable with how we ‘feel’ about ourselves. We have a hard time believing that we can be and are beautiful creatures. It is much easier for us to think that someone else’s outer beauty is more than our own.
We live in a world that contains three perspectives: God’s, our self, and that of other people. We go in and out of our days never considering the other two because we are so wrapped up in our own distorting version of who we are and how we must appear to others and to God. I want to share with you a very short video done by Dove that gives an idea of what I have mentioned. I hope it will impact you and that you will begin to see yourself in a better light from here on out. The video only shows two perspectives; our self and that of others. After viewing, I urge you to contemplate on how God sees you . . . His Creation.
Stay tuned for next week will come a follow-up to today’s article.
Keep smilin’ ~ Jenn
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