“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
I went to a small wedding a couple of weekends ago (very small, no virus worries!) and was really excited to get all dressed up. I swapped the jean shorts and ponytail for a full face of makeup, blew my hair dry and straight, and slipped on a new long sundress from Old Navy I was saving just for the occasion. My brother took some pictures of me before I left and I was excited.
I felt good and I felt pretty, but to be honest, part of me was still feeling a bit down about how my dress fit, and I had some insecurities come into my mind. As I’m walking out to my car, I remembered this quote I read in my journal that I had written down (not sure where I first heard it) about what God says about me:
“You’re fine because you’re mine.”
It actually really helped me feel more confident just saying that out loud! God created me. I am beautiful. God loves me no matter how I feel in this dress right now.
So I get to the wedding and I’m trying to walk in my wedges down the dirt road without rolling my ankle (lol – I did that later on), by myself, feeling excited and a little nervous because big events make me excited and nervous…
I’m walking next to this car and I see a mom getting her two adorable little girls organized and out of the car. One of the girls was standing next to where I was walking. She was maybe two years old or younger with these big brown eyes and brown hair pulled up into a cute ponytail. She looks right up at me, we make eye contact, and I smile at them all. All of a sudden, I hear this little voice say, “So beautiful.”
I melted right there. Those sweet words came out of that little girl’s mouth as she was watching me walk by. All of my insecurity just disappeared right then and I completely relaxed and smiled so big because it was the CUTEST and sweetest thing ever. Honestly, I believe God knew I needed that. And little did this precious girl know just how much she impacted me in one second that July evening with two words she could barely pronounce.
I told her “Thank you!”, laughed with her mom, and kept walking with the smile still painted across my face.
She told me I was “so beautiful” and she didn’t care about what my weight was. She didn’t see the blackheads on my nose or the cellulite on my legs. She didn’t look at me for a long time and try to judge me or pick me apart. She just looked at me and quickly said, “So beautiful.”
That is how I feel like God sees us as His children. He doesn’t look at us like we look at ourselves. He doesn’t study our imperfections in a magnifying mirror. He doesn’t judge how our clothes fit or wish we had fewer wrinkles. He doesn’t wish we had bigger muscles or a smoother complexion. No way!!! He just sees you and without judgment says to you, His daughter, you are so beautiful. Or to His son, you are so handsome.
God loves your heart. He loves the dreams you have. He loves how you care for the people around you. He loves the unique skills that are only yours and how hard you work. He loves seeing you live your life joyfully and on purpose.
I just want you to know that you are so beautiful and God loves you, His precious creation, so much. He loves you SO FAR beyond your looks. In fact, He’s not even looking at what you see in the mirror. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'”
So even on those days when you don’t feel beautiful and are considering not going out or to that special event, remember God saying to you, “You’re fine because you’re mine.” Go to the wedding, jump in the lake, wear those cute shorts, do your thing, girl. Focus your eyes on others and take them off of yourself. Go make memories because life is too short to stay in because you’re not feeling confident. And go tell someone else they’re beautiful too while you’re out there because it might be the very thing they need to hear today.3