It seems all my life, I’ve been on a search and exploration of beauty. As a person, I have such a desire to look at beauty. As a woman, I have a longing to be beautiful. The rift is caused between these two yearnings by a single definition that feels imcomprehensible.
About a year ago, I cut my hair from waving nearly waste-length locks to a short, common bob. I simply had to grasp this beauty not seen with the eyes. What was beauty? It was there-unchanged. What was it?
I moved down to Texas to be with my grandparents. Out with my grandmother and her sister, I watched from the back seat as they laughed and loved with such genuinness. There! I feel it- recognition … of beauty.
Beauty is found not in the length of our hair or the number on the scale or a smooth complexion. Beauty is found and recognized in the prizmatic way that our nature reflects the personality and attributes of God. It’s found in the way that we love, in gentleness, tenderness. God made women so unique. In a woman’s eyes we glimpse both vulnerability and strength.
Often, when I read the Bible (old testemant esp) I see this God-this One that loves with abandon like a woman loves her child. This God who feels with tenderness and is moved with emotion. This God who looks upon the race of men with both vulnerability and strength.
Beauty will be defined in such a way in eternity simply by our degree of reflection of His nature. It will be a visible beauty that shines for all to see, and it will bring glory to him. But as I discover this in my own life and see it in others, I realize this is not limited to eternity. Women radiate beauty NOW because of natural gifts and traits that He has given us. Your heart, emotions, tenderness, joy….your femininity is bringing joy and glory to the Father. This is true beauty.