Illness can make us feel less than beautiful, but regardless of what we believe about ourselves, God did make us beautiful!
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom it.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Recognizing that God’s creative beauty needs no digital enhancement, reminds me that God has created me to be beautiful in His sight. Sometimes I feel far from beautiful, in fact I sometimes feel like an inconvenience or just plain useless.
I know that there are times when with my limited abilities, or my health restrictions, I can be an inconvenience to others, maybe holding them back from what they would want to do. And there are times when because I can’t do something to help someone else, I feel somewhat useless.
But God had a plan in creating me, just as I am today, even if I may feel it is less useful than I was before. God still finds me beautiful and useful and He still has a plan for my life, each and every day. I may not always understand what that is. In fact, maybe I don’t often understand what it is. But it’s still there, in God’s eyes.
We can all look forward to having healthy minds and maybe more beautiful bodies, when God takes us to be with Him in Heaven. But for now we are stuck with what we have. We have that eternity set in our hearts to look forward to.
To others, or even to ourselves, we may be focused on our shortcomings–in God’s eyes we need no enhancement–He loves us just as we are. Surely that should be what matters to us, not what we, or others, may think – but the fact that we are beautiful in God’s eyes.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.