I am in a lush green garden, with the sound of a gentle breeze blowing through the leaves of the trees. The air is sweet smelling and the sun is warm on my skin. It is the most beautiful place imaginable, and I am not alone. Beside me is the most perfect man, and he is looking at me as if I am more beautiful than all that which is around us. Oh yes, if I can imagine what it was like at that first moment… the moment Eve became aware of her surroundings and her eyes first met the eye’s of Adam. Two perfectly beautiful creatures placed in an unspeakably beautiful garden. I do not think it is possible for us even to come close to imagining just how wonderful life was for Adam and Eve before sin entered into the picture; before Eve took her focus off God and placed it on herself.
As a Christian woman desiring to follow the path God has planned, it is often difficult to stay “God-centered” and not self-centered. Each day the world bombards us with it’s own version how we should dress and how we should look. I am fifty-six years old now and I am blessed with dry skin, tight clothes, out of control hair and spots that appear on my body out of no where! Oh why couldn’t Eve stay focused? My body would be perfect right now!
We live a world that proclaims “what you see on the outside is more important than what is on the inside.” Extreme makeover shows have gained in popularity and every other television commercial is for some kind of cosmetic surgery or miracle pill. It seems that women desire to be “pulled in” in one place and “filled out” in another. Lips are inflated and tummies deflated. Models with perfect smiles and flawless bodies sell everything from burgers to cars.
Since the day Eve ran to cover herself, women have been running to the stores to cover themselves with the nicest clothing that money can buy. No, none of us are born perfect, but we all can be born again with a beauty that emerges from within. As this world judges us from what they see on the outside, God clearly sees the genuine beauty that lies within. Being created in all shapes and sizes, we carry our own personal package of flaws, shortcomings, and imperfections.
Yet no matter what kind of outer physique we are given by genetics, as women, we are really all the same. We all have felt the overwhelming demands of life at one time or another. Times when we may say, “Wait a minute, I can’t be everything to everyone and keep my sanity.”
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. ~ Psalms 139:14
As we long for a time out, Jesus longs for us and waits for us to spend quiet time with Him. His desire is for us to slow down, spend time in prayer and in His Word, allowing Him to mold us and make us into the woman He desires us to be. Remember Martha in Luke 10:38-42? The message Jesus conveys to Martha holds true today. Jesus is whispering to us, “Slow down make more time to be like your sister Mary, and sit at My feet a while.”
Jesus wants quiet time alone with us as we meditate on His Word. His desire is to have us “draw close to Him.” He does not care if our hair is a mess, our clothing is older than our children, the floors are not mopped, and the laundry room is overflowing with clothes. He does not see the mess.
Regardless of our outward appearance, talents or intelligence, Jesus sees the heart inside of us and He is waiting to perform His extreme spiritual makeover within us.
With Jesus in our heart and life, we are a perfect “10”
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~ Romans 12:1-2
About this Guest Author:
Jo Wilmer and her husband Bill have been married for over 30 years. Together they have taught under Child Evangelism Fellowship and neighborhood Bible studies.
In 2004, JoAnn began writing “We Travel Together,” a book aimed at encouraging and strengthening other women who were trying to live a godly life while facing all this world had to throw at them. A few months later, she and her husband were involved in a head on collision which turned their world upside down. Health issues, financial issues and emotional pressures all seemed to be hurled at them. After four and a half years of pain and pleading prayer, her prayers were answered and relief from pain was almost total. Finally, in 2012 she finished the book which she felt led to write. Now more than ever, she desires to reach the lost and hurting women who are searching for relief. Relief found only through Jesus Christ.
In 2005, she created her website, “M” Words, an outreach to those hurting women. Her passion is to draw sister’s in Christ closer, to make them more aware of the hurting women around them and of those who still need to be rescued by the saving grace of Christ. You might also enjoy JoAnn’s ebook “We Travel Together”, you can order it at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Z8MBDO