“I am weathered but still elegant,…Don’t look down on me because I’m dark, darkened by the sun’s harsh rays. My brothers ridiculed me and sent me to work in the fields. They made me care for the face of the earth, but I had no time to care for my own face.” Song of Solomon 1: 5-6 (Msg)
I need to feel beautiful.
I need to know that not only are my insides pretty; but my outsides are too!
Do you think I’m weird?
You shouldn’t, because you need this as much as I do!
Our self-esteem, in part, hinges on whether or not we feel beautiful.
Ever notice on a day when you’re hair flopped or your jeans are too tight that you have to fight not to be cranky or sad? Maybe it has something to do with Eve and the whole sin/fall thing. To be honest, I’m not sure. We just need to find a way to not allow these externals to drive our internals!
In today’s verse, Song of Solomon 1:5, the bride says, “I am dark, but lovely.” Her dark skin in Old Testament times meant she had to spend her days in the fields working instead of having enough money to be able to be indoors. Today she’d say, “I am sunburned, but I’m still gorgeous!” Her skin isn’t perfect, but she’s still pretty.
Where does a girl get that type of confidence because I want it!
From her Love. Read Song of Solomon 1: 1 – 4; love allows her to see herself as beautiful no matter what is happening on the outside.
Let the truth of God’s luxuriant love empower you with true confidence that goes way beyond what our human eye can see. On good days and horrible ones as well, let’s quote the bride, “I am lovely!”
Jesus, you see me as beautiful. I need to know it. Amen