Sometimes we strive to make ourselves more pleasing to the world, hoping our efforts will quench our longing.
But we still long.
Sometimes we feel shame for our longing–but we shouldn’t. The longing is real and it’s there for a reason. Our Creator didn’t make a mistake when He wove us together.
He doesn’t make mistakes.
Our longing to be lovely speaks to the nurturing, soft, care-taking nature of womanhood. It is often our instinct as women to take care of things and to make things look pretty. While we are each unique, our feminine instinct is drawn in certain directions. We tend to enjoy things like turning a house into a home, brightening a room with colorful flowers, lighting a candle to create an welcoming environment, and tending to the physical and emotional needs of our children.
We long to reveal beauty to this world because we were designed that way. God made us that way with a good purpose in mind. Yet we need to be careful how we respond to that longing, because there is one who comes to steal and destroy. He will try to use our longing for his own schemes. The enemy wants us to believe that beauty is limited to the physical, and he wants us to get stuck in striving and comparing–but that road leads to bondage.
Our longing will never be satisfied by a number on the scale, a dress size, or a wrinkle-free complexion. While those things may offer us temporary satisfaction, lasting contentment can only be found in one place.
I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. -Philippians 4:11-13 (MSG)
In Christ we are free. In Christ we are found. In Christ we are beautiful. In Christ we can long and still be content. In Christ we can always reveal beauty to this world because His beauty never fades.
Our longing is meant to be a blessing to us and to others. It’s meant to glorify God’s magnificent beauty that lives within us and around us.
What our world needs is not more women who strive to fit into a beauty box.
What our world needs is women who long to embrace the Creator’s design. Women who believe they have something significant to offer. Women who have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. Women who reflect Christ-centered beauty that glows with grace and love.
That kind of beauty, is powerful.
Keep longing, and let that longing draw you closer to the One who placed that desire in you. Let that longing remind you of a deeper longing for something better–the promised hope of an eternal home in God’s Kingdom for all who believe. This is our temporary home and we are simply passing through. As we do, we can leave imprints of His love and beauty.