“Has anyone ever seen anything like this – dawn-fresh, moon-lovely, sun-radiant, ravishing as the night sky with its galaxies of stars?” Song of Solomon 6:10 (The Message)
Have you ever heard of someone choosing his wife when he’s in sixth grade?
Crazy, I know!
That’s exactly what Greg did. He saw a girl singing a solo in church and wrote in his Bible, “I, Greg, will marry her – to be stopped by nobody!”
If only he had known, she didn’t even know his name.
Sounds like the beginning of a long romance, right? Not!
Greg found her number. Called a few times. After a bit, the crush burned out…for him.
Not for her. Why?
She didn’t even really know him! But she had wanted to be wanted, and he at one point wanted her. You know, it didn’t even have to be Greg. She just wanted to be wanted again.
That girl was me, and that crush crushed me. I asked myself, “What’s wrong with me? My body? My flat chest? My personality? My faith?”
Whatever it was, I felt ruined.
Have you ever been on the wrong end of a love equation that looks like this: Guy + Me = Value.
The fact was, and still is, there was nothing wrong with me. There is nothing wrong with you!
Jesus tells me I am beautiful, every part of me.
Maybe at that time I wasn’t Greg’s type. But in Song of Solomon, a book that is often used as a metaphor for God’s love for us, we read these words:
“The feelings I get when I see the high mountain ranges…remind me of you, and I’m spoiled for anyone else! Your beauty, within and without, is absolute, dear lover, close companion.”
Jesus loves my outsides and insides! (Sounds like Greg was the one missing out!)
Don’t let any guy define you. Don’t let his rejection or acceptance determine whether or not you think you are beautiful. The Perfect Love says you are absolutely beautiful; listen closely to that truth.
Jesus, you and your love are all I want to define me. Amen
Start the Revolution: look in the mirror and say: “Jesus thinks I’m beautiful!”
Taken from “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year: 365 Days of Jesus Radical Love for You” by Lynn Cowell; Standard Publishing; 2012.
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