Her Time was a great place to pick up insights and food for thought. Julia’s talking about fear, and Natalie’s talking about the fear of God and His being a consuming fire. It was confronting, but much-needed
I’ll tie it all back together in a minute, but recently I’ve been reflecting on my advancing years, looking in the mirror andrealizing that the woman looking back at me isn’t going to get any prettier. Now, I’m not fishing for compliments, but seriously, I’m not Barbie anymore (if I ever was!). I’ve had a couple of moments of panic, relationship-wise, about that. I run a girls’ group in my schools called Dazzle, and I’m finding it’s easier to be glib about “true beauty” than it is to suddenly realize that’s all you’ve got now. Can I really live out what I’m saying?
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.” (1 Peter 3:3-6)
Not long ago I was waxing eloquent about loving others whether a response is forthcoming or not. So now I have to ask myself: am I going to be Sarah’s daughter? Am I going to put aside the fears connected with losing my looks, and concentrate more on developing the kind of inner beauty that wins over husbands and rates with God? I can’t put makeup on my soul … but I can trust God, and work hand-in-hand with Him, to become more beautiful on the inside with every year that passes.
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.” (1 Corinthians 3:11-13)
The name Sarah means “princess”. May we all be “princess daughters” who work to achieve the kind of beauty that is seen for what it is in the consuming fire that is our King.