Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.
Beautiful. It’s a word that still seems empty and void to me most of the time. Growing up, I don’t remember being told I was beautiful by those who I was surrounded by. As a teen, I was told I was beautiful, then discarded like a piece of trash on the sidewalk. I came to know the Lord and I wanted so much to believe that I was who He said I was — beautiful. But I came with a warped perception of beauty, and a lot of guilt and shame from my past.
Today, I am trying to grasp the fact that I am beautiful, simply because I am His. My beauty has nothing to do with my past, my choices, my circumstances or my outward appearance. For only God can take something from the dirt and mire of life and make it beautiful. I am thankful that He takes me as a lump of clay — bruised, broken, and discarded — and is forming me into something beautiful.
When I don’t feel loved
He calls me His Beloved One.
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. (Song of Solomon 6:3)
When I feel ugly,
He reminds me that He is captivated by just one glance of my eye.
You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace. (Song of Solomon 4:9)
When I don’t feel beautiful,
He reminds me that I am.
My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away..” (Song of Solomon 2:10)
*Scripture verses and photo added after the timer dinged.