Wellspring

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

In the Eye of the Beholder

Last week my mom gave me a purse she had not used since she bought it.  She hadn’t used it and decided I would.  As a woman who likes accessories,  I accepted her offer.  Besides, I didn’t want to hurt her feelings by turning it down. 🙂

I carried the purse to church on Mother’s day for the first time.  Adam was sitting next to me in the pew, looked down at the new accessory I was donning and said, “Where did you get that?  It looks like you killed a blue alligator and made a purse out of it.”

Gee, thanks Adam.   I feel equally as much affection toward your grey and florescent green Nike’s.

When I first saw the purse, I saw its beauty and immediately thought of all its potential.  This purse would be an adorable pop of color with navy blue, hot pink, black, white and anything yellow.  Ooooooo, Ahhhhh, Ohhhhhh.

When Adam first saw the purse, he thought, uggghhhhlllyyy.

I think this is how God views us.  He sees our beauty and potential when others don’t.  He sees our beauty and potential when we don’t.

Isaiah 61:3

….bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

Yep, He sees our beauty when we don’t.  No matter what mess we have gotten ourselves into, He sees the beauty.  No matter how deeply we’re hurting and have that ugly cry, (you know the one I’m talking about) He sees the beauty.  No matter, well you fill in the blank, He sees the beauty.

More often than not, we are much harder on ourselves that others are.  The enemy loves to use self loathing and self deprecation to keep us down.  When we look at ourselves and see what Adam saw in my purse – the uggghhhlllyyy-we have a hard time seeing past it.  What we see is not what our Father sees.  Thank goodness.

God looks at us the way I first looked at my purse.  I find great comfort in that.

Hmmmm. I guess I should look for the beauty in Adam’s shoes.

Blessings & Hugs,

Elizabeth

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