Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gaze Upon the Beauty

Hello to all my Stress Point ladies! I pray you're all doing well and I hope you've had an opportunity to dive into our next chapter. This week, in our Body Image chapter, Sarah shares a lot of her own story in this chapter which is so helpful in realistically identifying our own perspective. She also asks a question that specifically stuck out to me... 

Do you ever separate yourself out as an exception to God’s creation, or do you realize you are special simply because the Creator of the universe savors and appreciates His creation – you?  (Stress Point, p. 63)

It’s funny how, we can look at the sunsets and mountains and waterfalls and marvel at God’s creation and yet marveling is the furthest thing from many of our minds as we look in the mirror. The ones who were created in God’s image! It’s like, all of a sudden, God’s marvelous creations get categorized when body image.

Did you ever think about the fact that when we beat ourselves up and strive to be ‘better’ or ‘perfect’ we are insulting God? Seriously, think about it.

Now, I’m not saying that by putting on make-up or threading our eyebrows we are disrespecting God, but when we think negatively of ourselves and neglect to take those thoughts captive, in essence, we are telling God - the Almighty Creator - that His creation isn’t all that.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around that. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around that. I could easily rattle off dozens of things about myself that I’d like to change. But when I focus on myself, I am losing sight of who God is – our Elohim. When we gaze on our own beauty or the way we perceive beauty should be, we are making our pride and/or insecurities an idol. 

I looked at a familiar verse this evening in a different light (I love how God's Word speaks to us in so many different ways)...

One thing have I asked of the Lordthat will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. - Psalm 27:4

When we make the decision to truly dwell in the house of the Lord, inquire of Him, and gaze upon His beauty, a shift takes place... a breakthrough. We see the Lord for who He is - our Elohim, our Creator - and rest in the fact that there are no exceptions to the beauty in His creation. We recognize that we belong solely to Him, and as we gaze upon His beauty, we become more like Him. We become more and more beautiful.

As you look in your mirror this week and are tempted to gaze too long at yourself, choose to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and remember, that you are wonderfully complex! Know it!

P.S. - Thanks to Lisa A. for sharing a pic on Facebook of the verse she wrote out! If you haven't done so already, write out your verse, too, and post it on your mirror....

Where is your gaze? 

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