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Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)
TITLE: God Makes All Things Beautiful
By Victoria Weathers
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Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out
the work that God does from beginning to end. “ Ecc. 3:11
Beauty takes time. I dare say any of us wake in a beautiful state. Even the most glamorous super model requires grooming. Special occasions call for more personal attention than if we simply are washing our car.
My husband was ordained recently as a Deacon in our church. For this memorable event, I took a little more care with my appearance knowing that I would be standing in front of our congregation at some point in the service.
Now, I am always careful to be neat in appearance. But sometimes I don’t put a lot of effort into applying makeup or dressing up. I cover the basics like mascara, and maybe a little blush. You see I am always too busy and hurried it seems. This time, however, I really concentrated on emphasizing the positive.
I went the extra mile with my hair, and makeup instead of hurrying and deeming it "good enough." I carefully began taking my time and applying the cosmetics with precision and dressing in my “good clothes.” I worked for just the right balance between Bed-Head Betty and Vegas Show Girl and it paid off. People were going out of their way to tell me how nice I looked.
At first I basked in the compliments. I felt good inside - almost surprised by the response. Then, as I sensed a trend developing, I went from basking to baking. I began to wonder, “Just how bad did I look before?” I mean I thought I was fine.
I am always clean. O.K. so I don’t always wear my nicer clothes. Well, frankly they aren’t as comfortable. Yes, I quite often put my makeup on in the car last minute. I cover the worst of my physical flaws don’t I?
Sometimes we need to stop and take the time to look into a full length mirror to get a true perspective of what others see. God’s Word is our mirror. It is an honest and reliable mirror. When we look into the Scriptures with open eyes, we get a true picture of our spiritual appearance.
For most of us, the image reflected seems alright. Yes this has a little wrinkle of gossip or that has the stain of a bad habit we know we need to correct. Over all we think we look presentable enough for where we are headed.
The Holy Spirit comes in like a very nice version of “What Not To Wear” and polices our garments. First, we have to take off that fall coat. By fall I really mean the Fallen Man coat stained by our old nature. He replaces it with a glistening robe of righteousness. Immediately we are transformed. Our eyes sparkle. Our skin radiates the glow of holiness. On our feet, we wear the most comfortable shoes of the gospel of peace. He then cinches our waist with the belt of truth to complete the ensemble. Next we head to the place where we experience, and sometimes endure, our beauty treatments. This process takes a lifetime, but the results are so stunning that the pain is soon forgotten or more often deemed worth discomfort.
Yes, God makes all things beautiful in its time.
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