Consider this quote:
“Makeup says you can be beautiful, but the God of heaven says you are beautiful.” ~ Anonymous
This seems to be a mistake that every human being is prone to make – searching after what they already have. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we go to great lengths to find what we never lost, and then in the end discover it was with us all along. For reference’s sake, I’ll call that the makeup lie. (Just because I was pondering the slavery of wearing makeup *wink* and that’s what started this whole long ramble in my journal. With that in mind, be forewarned that this will probably bunny-hop several different places. Journal entries seem to do that. [No, I barely edited it because I don’t have the energy to do much more than type it out. That’s why this is late in the first place…])
I love the verse that says “Be still and know that I am God.” I love it because it is an answer to so many of our prayers…and yet we don’t even notice because we are too busy not being still. But if you find yourself searching fruitlessly for something (besides your car keys…), take a minute to pause, rewind, and be still. Ask yourself who God is, and what He has given you. Then compare that to what you’re looking for. Hasn’t He already provided it, or something better? Tell me, if you have the God of the universe with you, what can you possibly lack? If we are lacking in anything, it’s probably because we have not looked around and noticed that God already gave it to us.
And what about when we do need something?
Sometimes human nature can just be plain frustrating. We ask God for things, beg Him even, because we fear He won’t give it to us. For some reason, it seems to be the default attitude. But is God some kind of Scrooge? These are some verses that come to mind at the moment…
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” ~ Matthew 7:7-11
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:5-6 [Ever feel like that wave? Good thing we can also ask God to take away our doubt!]
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” ~ James 1:16-17
God lovingly gives us everything that is good for us. If He withholds anything, is it not for our own good? How then can we say we lack anything, if He gives us all we really need? Sometimes all we need is to stop, be still, and know that He is God. And that in Him we have everything. Even if in our human minds we are lacking.
Oh and by the way, I don’t wear makeup (unless someone begs to put it on me – then I’ll let them just to keep ‘em happy), because it can so easily become a snare. (Not saying it’s bad [well, it might be for your skin], by the way. I just choose to stay away from that habit.) And not wearing makeup, for me, is symbolic of relying on God’s provision (aka whatever natural beauty there may be) rather than relying on the world’s sorry attempts. Just in case ya’ll wanted to know. *Wink*