Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hidden Beauty

As I walked the sun kissed my face in the right spot. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the warm kiss on my cheek. I looked up at the clouds running across the sky.
I walked over a small bridge, as I looked over; I noticed the brown colored shrubs and bushes. Trees budding, marshland, and a pond of water that looked green as the sun glistened across the water. In the midst of all this I saw three beautiful yellow daffodils reaching to the sun for perfection.
 I thought we always just glance in life for what are flawless and stunning. How different are the thoughts of our God. He takes the worst and find beauty in it. Why do we downcast ourselves? The writer of Genesis 1:26 says: And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fishes of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
If the true and living God gave us dominion over the earth, why do we demean ourselves in so many ways? We often judge others before we get to know them. We cultivate the thinking that beautiful means better. But what seems like perfection is not always so. The oleander (above) which is a beautiful pink flower known as one of the most poisonous plants, are often used in suicidal cases around Southern India. It affects the nervous, digestive, and cardiovascular systems all at the same time. We should not “judge a book by its cover”.
Ruth was a Moabite (Moabites were a tribe that worshipped Balaam a false god/idol. They oppressed Israel and sacrificed their children to idols). She married the son of an Israelite. He died along with his father and brother. Naomi her mother-in-law told her to depart because now she has no obligation to her. Ruth was faithful and decided to stay and follow her back home to Bethlehem. Ruth met Boaz and they married, they had a son named Obed. Ruth was the great grandmother of King David. Also the ancestor of Joseph (husband of Mary and would be father to Jesus).Who would have thought a Moabite the great grandmother of a king and a relative to our Lord.
God can use anyone or anything for His purpose. We should learn to see the great beauty within ourselves, the strength and fire in our spirits.
It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose. Rick Warren: The Purpose Driven Life. Enjoy these videos about loving yourself and keep hoping, and dreaming.The perfecting of oneself lies in Jesus:)