I found this post on a blog I love to read. Mainly because it’s written by a college-aged girl about life & faith: very similar to my own.
And here are some of God’s thoughts on beauty, that spoke deeply to me today:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 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. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a gentle or quiet spirit.
But I know I want one.
1 Peter goes on to say this:
For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. (1 Peter 3:5-7)
I was reading about Hannah today in 1 Samuel. The woman had amazing faith. She prayed for so long for a son, and God gave her one. He “remembered her” (1 Samuel 1:19b), as the Bible words it. And then she gave Him back, explaining to Eli, “I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD” (1 Samuel 1:27-28a).
I wonder how beautiful Hannah was as she stood in the sight of God that day, giving over her newly weaned firstborn son to serve God for the rest of his life. She knew she would probably only see Samuel once a year from that point on, when she and her husband Elkanah went up to Shiloh to make their sacrifices to God. And yet she was faithful to return what she had been given.
God must have seen great beauty in her that day. I can only hope, that at the end of my journey of faith in Him, that He sees even a fraction of it in me.