True Beauty

Since before they could walk or talk, I have hoped my babies would grow to understand and believe the truth about beauty.  The Enemy is brimming with lies on the subject and he has a mass marketing agency in our culture, through which to sell them.  He’s good.  He’s really good.   

A few days ago, after a two and a half hour procedure, my middle-most girl met me in the waiting room of our orthodontist’s office.  There was a a river of tears welled in her eyes and when she tried to speak, the dam broke.  Tears spilled, rushing down her cheeks, finding their way to the floor.  It was a river.

My girl was devastated and had not an ounce of clarity.  She was ugly.  She would never get married.  

I will laugh about this soon.  My girl will laugh about it one day.  I should note, for perspective’s sake, that my daughter did not come out with braces on her teeth.  No.  That would have been “normal” and she would have been less stunned by the change.  Instead, she came out with an “I-can’t-believe-that-fits-in-your-mouth” sized shock absorber-looking contraption that we have come to call *shocks* (pun intended). For the sake of time, and lack of words, I will just say that the *shocks* altered my girl’s facial structure, smile, and chewing ability (try chewing only up and down, no side to side jaw movement…we chew a lot like cows, I’ve realized, but that’s not my point).  Her reflection was not her own.  The girl in the mirror was strange and distorted.

The whole way home she cried and I prayed.  My prayer was choppy and desperate.  Lord, use this in my baby’s life.  Help her to believe Truth.  Forever change her.  Help her to see herself through Your eyes.  Lord, teach my 15-year-old what has taken most women a lifetime to learn; that true beauty is unfading, eternal and comes from within.  Lord give me wisdom.  Lord have mercy.      

When we were back to the safety of home, we talked.  I talked.  She listened between sniffs.  I said nothing new.  I’m hoping, however, that what had once been just words, now had more meaning

God says that our lives on earth are but a breath.  One breath.  How long, according to our culture, does a woman get to be a beauty?  Through youth and into young womanhood at best?  After that, it’s all about procedures and products.  For a small fraction of her life…a fraction of a breath…a woman gets to be beautiful.  The conclusion I draw is this: cultural beauty is skin deep and no one gets to keep it.  IF you were “lucky” enough to be born cute, you get to be beautiful for a little while, until the next group of cuties come in to replace you.  But still our culture urges us to chase after physical beauty and hold onto it for dear life.  Even as our physical beauty is fading at a rapid rate, The Enemy says, “Don’t give up!   Compare yourself to the younger more attractive woman, critique her, compete with her!”  But we can not win.  Whether lost naturally by aging or abruptly through an accident, beauty, according to the world’s definition, will not last.  Period.  “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting…” Proverbs 31:30. 

Contrast that to a woman’s true beauty, which is poured out by God into the human heart.  It is unfading and grows more beautiful with age and wisdom.  It is the mark of a woman who fears the Lord.  True beauty comes from within and radiates out.  1Peter 3:4 tells us that beauty doesn’t come from outward adornment, instead “…it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  Did you hear that?  It is of “great worth in God’s sight!”  AMEN AND HALLELUJAH!    

My girl sat through my ramblings like a champ, as I poured out my heart and soul and everything else to her.  Then she decided she was ready for Mexican food.  A day or two later, my middle-most beauty came out with duct tape over her mouth.  It said, “Under Construction”.  Maybe we’re going to survive this after all. 

There is a road ahead.  We have not arrived.  But I’m hoping that, in the end, our girls will know that the physical beauty our world holds dear has no eternal value; that real beauty is on the inside and never fades.  It’s the truth.  BELIEVE IT!

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14 responses to “True Beauty

  1. This was a great post, so much truth! I remember when i had my braces and head contraption thing. I felt ugly! I also remember being at a furniture store with my mom when the sales clerk stopped talking to my mom all of a sudden and told me I was beautiful! I was still wearing braces (although not my head contraption piece ;-0) and feeling not lovely at all. I still remember that feeling of being told I was beautiful. In spite of how I felt on the outside, suddenly someone had seen some beauty that my braces didn’t mask.

    I still remember that as if it was yesterday. Funny how we are so in need of feeling beautiful. Yes, AMEN that God gave us all the potential for inner beauty that radiates from us!

    Both of my girls have gone through braces and today have beautiful (expensive) smiles! This too shall pass ;-)

    blessings,
    melissa

    • Lazy Dazy

      Thank you, Melissa! I hesitated to reply to your comment because you are a “famous” and busy blogger, but your words were such an encouragement that I wanted to say thanks for taking time to write them here.
      Have fun inspiring others at Blissdom! Wish I were there.

  2. What a great post! I remember getting a dental plate at age 15 which gave me a terrible lisp. I had a teacher with a lisp and when I answered a question she had asked me, she thought I was imitating her lisp and sent me out of class. It was so humiliating and I was mortified as I would never do anything so disrepectful.
    I’m so glad you sent me a comment. I love meeting others who share my love for the Lord as I see you do from reading some of your posts. (I just met Edie recently too and can’t believe what she and her family are going through).
    I am subscribing :o)
    Angex

    • Lazy Dazy

      So nice to “meet” you. I see that you are actually living in Austrailia, but are from New Zealand…I misunderstood, I love seeing into your life down under. It’s all another world to me. Fascinating.

      Loved your daughters coastal art, by the way!

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  4. Awesome post! Good luck on the contest!

  5. You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. ~ Song of Solomon 4:7

  6. What a wonderful example of true beauty. I love how you prayed while she cried……and asked God to use the experience in her life. I also love the tape over her mouth and the “Under Construction” label. Obviously she has a beautiful sense of humor. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lazy Dazy

      I hadn’t really thought to tell my girl that she has a “beautiful sense of humor.” I shall tell her you said so! Thank you.

  7. Pam

    I’ve popped over here from Ann’s blog. I loved reading your post : ) “Beauty comes from within and radiates out” ~ I love how you worded that. The beauty within your words is radiating out. May God continue to use your words to point others to Him.

    Sweet Blessings,
    Pam

  8. Great post. I think of all the lies I believed as a young girl; God gave me 4 in return to help them see it right.

  9. Cindy Eckhoff

    Sweet friend–
    When I saw your girls last month, I saw nothing but beauty! And it had absolutley NOTHING to do with their faces, except that the heart of our Lord is CLEARLY written on their faces & in their hearts. They are true treasures (as are you, dear)! Thanks for sharing!

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