He said “it is good.”
I was standing in front of the mirror one night, critiquing my body, taking note of what I liked and didn’t like. Somewhere between my disapproving marks over my height and hair I remembered that he said “it is good.”
In Genesis 1:31God looked over his creation and called it good. In fact, he didn’t just say it was good, he said it was very good. Now in the long history of human insecurities much focus has been placed on the standard of others rather than God. For some reason we seem to think other people have better taste and a greater eye for what is beautiful than God. It’s quite ironic given that everything in nature matches, all the patterns on the animals we see fit, all the different ranges in color coordinate and there isn’t a single flower in need of more beauty. So for a creator with such an eye for aesthetics, how can he create any of us with anything but the best?
The problem is that we often forget that there was thought and vision to our formation. Even the areas on our bodies that may have come with a disability have a purpose that is good. For example, in John 9:2 the disciples came upon a man who was born blind. The disciples asked Jesus if it was the sins of the man or his parents that caused him to be born blind. Jesus replied that is was of no sin but that he was born in this condition so that the power of God may be manifested through him. Everything we get from God is good because he works it to the edification of those who receive it and to the glory of the one giving it. So your height, your hair, your facial features, your bra size, your hips and everything included is good not because they match the standard of what other people think is beautiful but because God designed it for a purpose that is good.
One of the biggest pitfalls I encountered in my life was believing that opportunities came by how well others received me. I believed the lie that how well I looked would open doors for me. It’s true that how we carry ourselves makes an impression on others and their receptivity towards us. But the lie the devil attached to that was that fitting into someone’s idea of beauty would make a way for me in life. Yet I believed the lie because I didn’t trust God’s word to be enough. I didn’t accept God’s view of me to be good enough. I couldn’t see how God worked behind the scenes of every situation so I made a god out of other people’s opinions because their opinions seemed to be what opened doors. How wrong I was! When I spent a year with every door closed in my life, I learned that no amount of make-up could make things better. God was the one who opened doors of opportunities for me and orchestrated things in my favor and He was the one that could take it away.
I see this mentality in the church often. It’s unfortunate to watch people act more kind and giving to a good looking person in church than to someone who looks disheveled. I believe that layer of shallowness is something God continues to wrestle with his people over. I thank God that his judgments are unbiased, righteous and true. I thank God even more that he sees what’s in the heart way before the kind of shoes that are on the feet.
The more I grow in my walk with the Lord, the more I learn that how he has made me is enough. Whatever my shortcomings are emotionally, physically, and spiritually, His grace is sufficient to use it all for the good and perfect plan he has for my life. If he needed you or me to be something else for the plans he has for us, he would have made us differently. So I thank God that I’m 5’4. I thank God for my dark brown skin; I thank God for my tightly coiled hair because he said it is good.