I see the beautiful women and sigh, wondering if I'll ever be all that. I know I am more than the shell of my body, but cultural influences take a toll on me, deceiving me into thinking a beautiful inside is not enough.
"But remember, for all your adult life you'll be a woman. And how you live your life as a woman, all by yourself before God, is what makes the real you. Nothing on the exterior can touch or change that precious inner sanctuary, your heart, his dwelling place unless you let it. And God, who loves you very much has tailor made all your outer life, your circumstances, your relationships, to pressure you into becoming that beautiful woman he's planned for you to be."
~ Anne Ortlund ~
Nothing escapes God. Nothing in my life has happened by chance. Even my life long struggle with body image is no mistake. It serves His purpose. For when I feel inferior physically, who do I run to? Where do I seek validation when I don't get it from an image conscious society? If I felt I measured up, would I find myself in Jesus' lap so often? And if I wasn't in His lap so often, could I ever find true beauty?
Lord, forgive my superficiality. Remove the scales from my eyes. Grow me up into YOUR image of a truly beautiful woman.
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