"People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7
This week Bonnie, over at Faith Barista has given us the prompt word, "beauty" to reflect on. Beauty is a word that the world uses to define our outward appearance. How tall, how thin, how young, how glowing, how altered or air-brushed by man. Are we ever enough? This would be the world's definition of beauty, but we are not just bodies, we are hearts.
While reading Ann Voskamp's book "The Greatest Gift", I came upon this verse in I Samuel where we are told people judge the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart The eyes of God look into our hearts. Quite a contrast from the latest fashion show or pageant where women are judged by how they look and what they wear.
Don't get me wrong, as women we enjoy being told we are beautiful.....my 67 year old husband tells me, his 65 year old wife, that I am beautiful. He can still make me blush, but I confess I like hearing it. Gray haired, overweight, wrinkled skin, make-up free face and all. That is what love does....through the eyes of love Joel sees me as beautiful.
He also tells me I am beautiful on the inside, but when the Lord looks at my heart what does he see? Well, I am sure there is not much beauty to be found within until the Son shows up, but when Love enters, beauty rises. Through His Holy Presence we are all made beautiful and whole. We are enough. Thank you Jesus!
We know we are to take care of our bodies, scripture tell us they are the temple of God. But the Bible also speaks often on the importance of the heart, where Jesus resides. We are to guard our hearts, to listen carefully to His Word, letting it penetrate deep into our hearts. We are told to forgive our enemies and those who hurt us, and to love one another as He first loved us. We are told these things because God loves us. He not only speaks to our hearts, but through the eyes of love God sees the beauty within. God sees, smiles, and says, "Beautiful!"