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Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)
TITLE: Myriad of Beauty
By Lindy Jones
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Beauty is my four year old daughter, sleeping on the floor beside my bed, without my knowledge. It is the comfort she feels, sneaking into us knowing that her mummy and daddy will protect her from the monsters that lurk in the night.
Beauty is the laughter of my three year old, playing dress ups in the room down the hallway. She laughs in the security of knowing that whatever face she pulls or whatever character she becomes, her parents will still know the person she is beneath.
Beauty is the growing bump within my frame. It’s the wiggle here & the wiggle there, the constant reminder that change and growth must take place before true beauty can be developed or seen.
It’s the knowledge that as their parent, we will make all sacrifices to provide for them, to ensure safety and we’ll do all we can, to show them the right way. It’s the knowledge that regardless of who they become or the choices they make, I’ll pride myself on being their mother.
Beauty is the beaming smile upon my husbands face, as he watches our children in their domain. It’s watching him watch our four year old daughter, as she sleeps.
It’s seeing him sneak past the doorframe, just enough to see our three year old as she chooses her next outfit.
It’s listening to him talk to our unborn child, lifting her up in prayer- knowing that already, he is forming a bond, a deep love for our child that no other will ever understand or experience.
It’s trusting that although we face a low lying placenta, gestational diabetes, a breech baby and all the other general discomforts of pregnancy, the end result is a gift from God, a blessing. It is the freshness of new life.
Beauty is the freedom and ability to fully comprehend that our Heavenly Father views us the same way.
When we’re fearful, we have the knowledge that he is there. When we are scared of the monsters, the terrors in life, he’ll protect us.
When we try to run from who he designed us to be, we can smile knowing that he’ll always bring us back to being his creation. We can live with the security that he knows us better than we know ourselves. No matter what, he will always love us and accept us.
When we are unaware of the grace and love God has for us, before we’ve come to him to repent, he is yearning for us, preparing for our arrival into his arms. He talks to us lovingly. Always.
When there is difficulty in achieving our ultimate goal, when we’ve been bombarded with troubles that hinder our happiness, he is there to see us through. We can trust that he is shaping us, aware of the wisdom, understanding and true beauty we’ll possess when the experience ends.
I’m completely humbled by the next thought.
As our ultimate Father gazes down and watches us in whatever activity we are participating, he smiles, knowing that no one loves us like he does. His love has no faults, it is complete perfection and will never leave us.
He conquered all sin. He sacrificed his own perfect son, enabling us to have a relationship with him. He gave it all so we could have it all.
Though I can’t physically see this in the room that surrounds me, like I can the other examples, I live with the knowledge and comfort of knowing that nothing can compare to this example of true beauty.
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