Still, You Call Me Beautiful


From the first moment God thought of you, He saw you no other way than beautiful.

You have been on His heart since the beginning of time.

Woman walking on beachYou were created for such a time as this, this time right here, right now. There is an assignment God has for you.

That assignment isn’t to do anything, but to be totally and completely connected to Him. “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.”1

Eve certainly couldn’t. She and Adam had everything they needed, basking in the presence of God, They walked in the cool of the evening, unencumbered by all of life’s cares.

Then Eve decided she had to do more than just be connected to God. She had to be like God.

And yet in doing that, she violated a very basic principle of bliss. She became encumbered.

As a result all of humanity felt the burden of responsibility for their fallen state. Though God still called her beautiful and worth redemption, she struggled.

She knew she didn’t measure up to what God wanted because she went against His only direct order to her and Adam.

Shame, guilt, regret flooded her. Yet, she went on and bore sons and daughters to her husband. She had pain in childbirth and she understood who she was in relationship to God.

Not much else is said about Eve. The fact that she had a wayward son who killed the other did not defeat her. She and Adam bore another son who carried on their line.

Despite being responsible for a cataclysmic event in history, Eve survived. She finally understood the depths of God’s great love for her and all humanity.

She understood that despite her failures and shortcomings, despite the fact she willfully did the opposite of what God told her to do, God forgave her, protected her and provided for her.

The fact that what she did had to do with food does not escape me, nor should it you.2 That what turned perfect harmony into utter chaos was a type of food should give you pause to think especially if food is your failure of choice.

We are not told what kind of fruit was on the tree, but I believe it represents the temptation that you allow to pull you, the one that you feel you cannot resist.

Many people refer to what Eve ate as an apple, but the Bible does not say. As a kid, I was never impressed with Eve being tempted with an apple. Apples are OK. but I wouldn’t disrupt humanity for one.

However, if it were a cinnamon crunch bagel tree or even a Starburst candy tree, at one time in my life I would have.

The phenomenal aspect of grace is this, even when I gave into temptations to eat buckets full of candy and sweet breads, God still thought I was beautiful. He still had wonderful plans for my life. He still drew me to Him time and time and time again.

He did so because He sees me not as I was in the moment of my failure, but who I could be if I connect fully with Him.

He knows me completely. He wrote the book about my life.“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

This chapter of Psalm is all about me and all about you. It says His thoughts about you are precious and so many they can’t even be counted.4

He thinks of you as precious even through He has examined your heart and knows everything about you, even when you eat the things He has told you aren’t good for you and will bring calamity to your life.5

When you think He doesn’t see you, He does. He knows your every move and your every thought. He sees you when you go on vacation and when you are sitting watching television in your living room. He knows everything you do.6

Nothing is hidden from Him. 

All of this and He still calls you beautiful, precious, loved and wanted.

He still draws you to Himself.

I am always struck by the extreme patience of God. However, even with His patience when we abuse our earthly temple our time to accomplish all the great plans and dreams God has for us will run out if we do nothing to turn our lives around.

I was so very cognizant of that many times in my life.

I thank Him every day that He finally got my attention long enough that I was able to grab myself by the lapels, turn myself around, run straight to Him and away from what I craved.

Today my prayer is Lord, help me always and only crave only You. Because despite all my failures, still You call me beautiful.

Take a listen to this song by Dave Fitzgerald, “Still Saving Me.” Share your thoughts of what this means to you.

 

1 Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT

2 Genesis 3:4-6 NLT

3 Psalm 139:16

4 Psalm 139:17

5 Psalm 139:1

6 Psalm 139:2-3

 

PrintSweet Change Weight Loss Coaching & Accountability Group is Teresa Shields Parker’s new group on living healthy through a total renovation of body, soul and spirit. Teresa chronicles her journey in the memoir, Sweet Grace, and the practical application workbook, Sweet Grace Study Guide. Get a free chapter of her memoir at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.


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  1. Suzanne Rowland says:

    I think I will borrow your prayer. I want to crave him more than anything. We always try to overcomplicate life, but as Christians, it is just about worshipping and connecting to God. This is where I have failed. Sadly, it is hard for me to understand the depths of God’s love for me when all I see are my shortcomings. As I have stated earlier, this journey for me is more of a spiritual journey and getting back to God than losing weight. I think once I start walking and living for him daily and dying to my fleshy desires, then the weight loss and overcoming other sins will happen. I have been praying for a while for God to transform me, but I didn’t do any of the work. And a relationship with him is like any other. You have to spend time together getting to know each other. In this case reading my Bible, praying, and journaling.

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