A Different Kind of Beautiful
Have you ever felt like the world doesn't appreciate your kind of beautiful?
Sometimes we struggle to believe that we as young women are beautiful, but I think it is even harder to believe that somehow the world could or does benefit from our beauty.
I'm not talking about physical beauty, no, the beauty I am referencing is the beauty of your heart, character, and personality. The kind that flows from the inside out. We are often tempted to entertain thoughts such as "am I really making a difference?" Or "maybe my kind of beautiful isn't enough." Do these musings sound familiar?
There was once a young lady who was unsatisfied with her beauty, and she was quite sure God had made a mistake. Why had He given her brown eyes instead of the lovely blue color she so deperately desired? Young Amy even prayed that God would change her eye color, but alas, every morning they remained brown. Apparently she was concerned that her kind of beauty would not be accepted in the world, but as always, God's plan was best. Amy Carmichael later ended up serving the people of India for over 50 years, particularly by rescuing thousands of children from temple prosecution. Her brown eyes helped her blend in more than blue ever would have, and the combination of her Indian clothing and brown eyes helped the Indian women trust Amy, which gave her the opportunity to befriend and help them. What a lovely example of God's words in Isaiah 55:8-9 that says "for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (NIV).
Those Indian children needed Amy's beauty -not just of her eye color, but also of her caring heart and deep love. I would like to suggest that the world needs your beauty too. Recently, my dad and I were driving down a busy street, and when we came to an intersection, we both noticed a fence by the sidewalk with lots of trash that had blown up against it and was littering the surrounding area. In the middle of this ugliness, however, was growing a wild plant with bright bold yellow flowers waving in the breeze. Just as I was thinking what a nice devotional thought that would make for the podcast, my dad turned to me and said, "you should talk about that plant on your podcast! You can use it as an illustration that you can be different and still be beautiful."
Your type of beauty is likely different from the beauty of the other young ladies in your life, and sometimes, depending on your situation, it might seem like you are the only young lady around who is trying to offer the world some of God's beauty. That's ok! God promises to honor your faithfulness in 2 Chronicles 16:9 which says “for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” Now that's a beautiful promise! Let me encourage you to keep being faithful and showing the world God's beauty. Don't stop when you get discouraged or feel underappreciated. Remember, the unquie gifts you use for God's glory are beautiful to your Heavenly Father, and your faithfulness brings Him great joy. "Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end." (Ecclesiasties 3:11 NLT).
Alissa Tanguay is the host of the Carved to Beautify podcast. She enjoys music, writing, cooking, and most recently, the sunshine of Southern California.