I’ve read the book of 1st Peter lots of times, but today is the day I see different. Today I have a new affirmation I didn’t even know I needed. It was one of those Aha! moments, and I get it. As though the Father spoke directly to me, “I see you, Daughter.”
I read the words on the page, and immediately thought, “that’s me, that’s me! Peter’s talking about me!” My heart was ecstatic. See, I’ve struggled with the whole idea of self-acceptance and self-love. Perhaps it is because I was desperately failing at trying to live up to the world’s expectation of beauty and attractiveness.
I tried ridiculously to fulfill the cultural definition of what it means to be beautifully adorned.
Let’s be real here! That crap gets expensively treacherous between the clothes, the make up, the jewelry, the shoes, the hair, nips-and-tucks – it’s just too much. And then I read the lovely words, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt God had spoken directly to the cry of my heart – the one held in the silent crevices of the soul. I’ve read it many times before. Here’s the kicker that caused my soul to swell with joy.
Words that caught my soul today.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (NKJV 2121)
Ladies, let those words sink in for a moment – it’s not about the looks. It’s not about making a fashion statement. It’s not about outwardly having it “all-together.” The most beautifully attractive thing about us is our heart – our spirit. When Peter says we have an “incorruptible beauty” it is the inner woman – the soul – the thing about us not so readily seen. The truth that causes my heart to be perfectly and restfully satisfied is that my heart and my spirit are “very precious in the sight of God.”
BAM! There you have it. It is all, and it is enough.
We are precious to God. We are attractive to Him. He’s not looking at our appearance. He gazes at our internal beauty. This – God loves – the essence of our being. Ladies you are loved, adored, and precious. You are loved not because of how you look but because of who you are. Your heart, your spirit, and your soul – are precious to God. He loves you most ardently. God loves the all and whole of you. You are wholly loved and loved wholly.
So today, whose voice will you listen for in the whispers of the night? The Shepherd has spoke: “This one … she’s Mine.”
Do you hear His whisper?
“Hidden heart, I see you. I love you.”
Ponder, and let it rest. Breathe deep these words of truth. Let your soul be lifted and restored.
Reference: NKJV Study Bible. Radmacher, gen ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.