While doing my daily routine of getting ready for the day, I took a moment to look in the mirror. As I gratefully smiled that I still look the same, these words sprang up out of my spirit, “I’m getting ready to expose your beauty!” Everything inside of me leaped and rejoiced at the idea of its beauty being displayed. But before vanity reared her ugly head, this bible verse soon followed “and to provide for those who grieve in Zion-to 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.” (Isaiah 61:13)
For a split second I was thinking God was going to amplify my physical beauty in such a way that supermodels would envy me. Um, how about no!?! Considering this scripture, it may be safe to say I am getting ready to share the ashes of my life with others. I am getting ready to share the daytime and bedtime fears that crippled my progress for years. I am about to bring to light the darkness of my selfish ways and wicked thoughts. I will have to share the sadness of failure, the obsession with revenge, and the poison of jealousy that gripped my heart. The ashes of my life are getting ready to go on display so that some may be saved, enlightened, and encouraged.
A few months back I would have been paralyzed by the thought of sharing the ashy side of my life; but the fact that it was my past, and I have been forgiven makes it beautiful. I found it somewhat interesting that this message came to my heart a few hours after posting the re-launch date for Love Lives Free (February 14, 2014). I’m not sure what I’ll feel impressed upon my heart to share with the Social Media world, but I do know whatever it is will be done by His strength and for His glory!#beautifulindeed
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