In His Time
“It took everything I had to walk out the door and go to church. Nothing was good enough, and I didn’t feel like it would be fair to show up and force others to look at my awfulness. When I got back home in the afternoon, I took this cake out to frost for dessert—it started falling apart as I did so. I hung my head and started to cry. I said ‘Lord, an ugly face, ugly hair, and an ugly attitude…. Please just let me have a pretty cake!’ God probably laughed at me, but He had mercy.”
Have you ever felt like Lisa did? Everything about you looked bad, and everything you touched fell apart. I saw Lisa that Sunday morning and thought about how healthy and pretty her hair is.
But I know her feelings were real, because I have had those same emotions well up in my heart.
Yesterday I read Lisa’s post. This morning I studied the amazing clouds outside my window. I live in South Florida, and we have gorgeous clouds. The billows were orange and purple. Or maybe it was smoky blue. Only God has the words to describe the soft colors He blends together in the clouds. I began to think about the beauty God has created and His own beauty.
John tries to describe God in Revelation 4:
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance” (Rev. 4:2-3 NASB).
No one has ever told me I looked like a jewel. Even on those awesome nights when it all just goes right—the outfit, the hair, the skin—few of us would describe ourselves as looking like a diamond.
Why do we fret about our imperfections so much? Why can we not be satisfied with so-so? Because we were designed to be beautiful. All of God’s works are awesome and perfect.
When we look in a mirror, we were supposed to see beauty. But we are under a curse. We fell. With the fall came blemishes and imperfections. Yet in our hearts, there is still the God-given desire for perfection and beauty.
The Preacher tells us in Ecclesiastes,
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end (Eccl. 3:11 KJV).”
God is restoring us to the beauty we were designed to have. He who sits in beauty on that glorious throne says, “Behold, I am making all things new (Rev. 21:5).”
He will not leave us in our fallen state. A day will come when we will stand before Him in white gowns of righteousness, and He will say,
“It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (Rev. 21:6-7).”