God’s Beauty Treatment

25 Feb

“A man has five items in this bathroom: a toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, a bar of SmilingWomanWithWrinklessoap, and a towel from the Marriott.

“The average number of items in a typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.” *

For sure! I mean, when I (Dawn) counted just the items with the word “cream” on them in my bathroom, there were 19! Why do we girls need so much stuff?

I looked at some of the things on the drawers and shelves in my bathroom. There’s Moisturizing Bath Beads, Build-a-Tan, Vitamin E Oil, Ahava Foot Cream, Butterfly Flower Body Lotion, Hair Insurance Spray, Mineral Mud (from Israel) … I have to laugh, remembering that my grandmother’s bathroom had simple rose-scented soap and cold cream!

And I sometimes wonder why we buy so much when we could use simple, everyday things instead. Lemons. Rose water. Honey. Orange peels. Oats.

Why do we complicate our lives and stretch our budget with every new lotion and cream advertised on television? Now don’t get me wrong. The older I get, the more I need something to help smooth away wrinkles and dry skin. But if I think there is a magic potion to prevent aging completely, I’m fooling myself.

How much better to accept aging as part of life. I want to grow old gracefully, not kicking and screaming. (By the way, I’d love to know if you have any incredible home-made lotions, creams or oils that save money but make us feel gorgeous!)

I’m all woman. It’s natural for us women to want to look our best, but we need to balance that with wisdom. For years, I’ve fought wrinkles; they arrived early. But wrinkles are OK if they tell a tale of a full, happy life, aren’t they? (Look at that woman in the photo above … she’s beautiful!) I, for one, love smile lines. Wrinkles on the happy face of a godly woman are the sign of a joy-filled life ~ a woman enjoying freedom and fullness in God.

The Bible has much to say about aging (for example, Psalm 91:14, 16; Proverbs 9:10-11; Psalm 92:14; and Titus 2:2-3); but I don’t recall one single verse about dealing with wrinkles.  On the other hand, the scriptures do say that beauty is fleeting. A praiseworthy woman ~ a woman with radiant, inner beauty ~ “fears the Lord” (Proverbs 31:30).

God’s “beauty treatment” requires time with Him, communicating with Him and allowing Him to speak to us in the Word. Our spirit changes as we obey His voice, and every facet of our lives transform as we become more like Christ. I’m sure you’ve seen it ~ the elderly woman, aglow with the joy of  her Lord. That’s what I desire. Don’t you?

Inner radiance isn’t achieved with some slapped-on cream or a soak in perfumed bath beads. It comes from a meek and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-4) and a heart that honors and respects the Lord.

So, the next time you stand in front of your mirror, no matter your age, don’t fret about “imperfections.” Instead, thank God for the perfect work (Philippians 1:6) that He is doing in your mind, heart, and spirit.

* Author unknown. Quoted in the book Happily Ever After, edited by Ken Davis (Tyndale House, 2010), p. 102.

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2 Responses to “God’s Beauty Treatment”

  1. Sharon G. February 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    This is a great story about an issue that confuses me. Wrinkles are even considered a “health issue”. Why, I don’t know.

    Personally, I’ve made a pledge to not care about aging. I will not buy anti-aging stuff (and some would say I need it already) and I will not dye away the grays (which have been popping up rather quickly as of late). Age is but a number, but the higher the number the higher the prestige in my opinion. I’m going to be 38 in a couple of weeks and proud of it. (I know, I know. To anyone over 40 I’m still a pup).

    I approach weight the same way – although I won’t say that the higher the number the more prestige.

    I will not let my weight (or my age or my wrinkles or my gray hair) define who I am. The bible says that gray hair is a crown. And, as you mentioned, nothing is more beautiful than the glow of the joy of the Lord. Seeing that glow in someone who was once into drugs and partying is what brought me back to God after being very far away from Him for a long time.

    So that’s what I want people to notice about me – not how young I look or how thin I am – but how joyful I am in the Lord.

  2. Dawn Wilson February 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    LOL. You’re right. Wrinkles aren’t a “health” issue.

    I know some women who accept wrinkles, gray hair, and other changes ~ they just go with them. I know others who do their best to appear youthful, physically, without looking ridiculous. I don’t think that is a matter of right or wrong, just perspective.

    The important thing is our attitude toward aging. I, for one, still want to be involved in the adventure of ministry until the day I die. While others may set me aside at some point, the Lord’s calling is still in effect until He calls me home ~ and my goal is to glorify Him.

    Thanks for a well-reasoned response, Sharon. How wonderful that you came to the Father because of the “glow” of one of His children!

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