I came out of my mother’s womb with a red birth mark on the left side of my face that was very conspicuous when I was a little girl. Kids called me cruel names in school; some said my mother slapped me with a red spoon; others said I was a red faced monster. A relative attempted to assure me that my face was a map with two colors. The meanest of all came from a teacher, who must have woken up one morning from a slumber of insensitivity and beckoned to me saying “red face, come and get your test paper.” All these taunts caused me to believe I was so ugly that I must be the missing link between man and the hunch back of Notre Dame! I was very miserable on some days and I remember the spot of consolation that I craved out between my dresser and the closet in my room. I used to hold secret pity parties there and question God as to why he made me so ugly. I became painfully shy as a result of this. Left alone to me, everything about me including my big teeth was outright ugly! Little did I know that the enemy had succeeded in making me believe I was not what I assumed I was. Like Eve, I fell for his cruel deception.
I carried this belief into intermediate school. My parents had sent me to a mixed boarding school and I had a difficult time socializing. I used to avoid boys like a plague. Most of them took me for a snob but the truth was I was camouflaging my sheepish belief that they will end up laughing in my hideous face about how ugly I was.
I sent the constant compliments from my parents of how beautiful and lady like I was to a far away place. I felt they were saying nice things to me out of sympathy. It took some time before the truth finally hit me like a bolt out of the blue; I was already in college. As soon as the moment of realization came that I am really beautiful, I grabbed the lie of the devil, flung it back to him and left it plastered on his shameless face till the return of Jesus Christ. Ever since I firmly believe the report of the Lord that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God and am one of the beautiful daughters of the Lion of the tribe of Judah and most of all His glory is seen all over me! Dear brother and sister in Christ, whose report do you believe concerning sensitive areas of your life?
Until next time, stay blessed.
May E. Olusola
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