How I long to be the perfect girl, with the perfect hair, and the perfect teeth, and oh I could go on and on. How many countless hours have you spent looking in the mirror thinking “if only . . .” Of course I am speaking to the ladies. We are the ones so quick to pick ourselves apart.
As I have grown in my relationship with the Lord, I have come to realize that complaining about how I look, is complaining about God’s design. He made me fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14)!
I do not want to be like the Israelites and live in the desert for the rest of my life grumbling against God! If only you had made me better. If only you had made me differently. Like the Israelites’ complaints: “If only we had stayed in Egypt! If only we had died out here!” Steps from entering the Promise Land and all they wanted was to go back into slavery. Back into bondage! They had been made free by God, but they would rather die in the desert than enter the Promise Land, because they didn’t trust God and His design (Numbers 14).
I have been made free through my Savior’s death on a cross. Every time I grumble about my imperfections, I am going back into the bondage I was freed from! Back into the desert. If that is where I am going to be, what was the point of His death? I want to live in the land flowing with milk and honey. Amen?
If I am going to do this, I must stand guard against the one who prowls like a lion. 1 Peter 5:8: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Satan will not have a hold on this girl! He won’t trick me into thinking the desert is better than freedom.
:: Lord help me to love myself as you do! Help me to know and trust you more each day. Help me to know that each hair on my head is just so (Matthew 10:30), according to your wonderous design. Help me to hold these truths close to my heart. Help ladies everywhere to also know these truths ::