BEHIND THE MAKE-UP
Today morning as I was busy preparing to go to ‘work’, something hit me hard. As my tradition I always prepare myself as I watch some series. I am series fanatic so I have to watch an episode or two before I leave. Lizz now you get why I am so slow in preparing myself in the morning hence my getting late especially on Sundays. Okay back to my story. As I was busy preparing myself,choosing the clothes to wear for the day, which top will match my shoes,mind you, fashion and I don’t see eye to eye. Which trouser to wear and how I will look that day. Isn’t this what goes on every single morning in our homes. Trying to find what to wear in order to look our best when we step out of the door to go to work or run our businesses.
Find the best outfit for the day,wearing the make up the right way, making sure the lip gloss is at the right place and finally wearing that cologne that will leave everyone talking. Don’t get me wrong its nice to look great. People usually say that when you wear right,it boosts your confidence. But have you ever taken a minute to ask yourself why you put that make up on. Why you take up so much energy to dress well. Is there something you trying to hide. That you don’t want the world to know about you or what you are going through.
What is it that you are hiding behind that lipstick,behind the make up,behind those designer clothes. What struggles are you battling everyday in your life. Because all of us have one. That one thing that if people knew you had,they will walk away,they will not want to be associated with you anymore. That one thing that you have been struggling with your entire life.
Is it that addiction that you have been trying to quit but you cant seem to say no to every time. Are you struggling with self-esteem issues,that each time you look yourself in the mirror all you see is that you are not good enough,you are not as beautiful as people tell you. You are not thin enough,you tummy is not how you want it to be. You are not big enough. You try to question if God made you the right way? What is it that you are hiding? Is it insecurity especially from that relationship that you are in? Does he/she love enough,am I the right guy/girl for them. Are you battling with rejection from family,past relationships. Having questions like why did it work out? Why did she/he leave me for them? What didn’t I do right. If I did this or that, maybe just maybe they would have stayed. For guys, do you try to wear well to cover it up,do you try to hit the gym in oder for you not to think bout that issue that struggle. Or do you as many do,drown your self In liquor to just for a minute to forget that struggle.
We all have that one thing that we try to hide very well that we don’t want anyone to know. But the funny thing is,there is one person who sees all that. Who sees beyond our make up,beyond our lipstick,beyond that expensive cologne we wear. The creator of the universe sees you the way you are.
When you get home in the evening and wipe that make up off your face,when you remove those clothes and throw them wear you keep your dirty clothes, when you get to see yourself,for who you really are,when no one is looking, thats how God sees you. The difference is,He doesn’t judge you or condemn you. He even says ““I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3). When he looks at you,he doesn’t see the mess that you are in, the struggles that you are trying with all your strength to hide. He sees you as clean and as white as snow. He loves you just the way you are. Go to Him and cast all your anxieties to Him,for He cares for you and He will help you be able to put on that make up well, but this time not hiding your struggles but having a realization that you are beautifully and wonderfully made. He will teach you how to walk through that struggle. He will teach you how to accept and see yourself for who he made you to be and for who you really are; the child of the most High God.
Its time to put down that mask and go to your father, who accepts you for who you really are. Who loves you just the way you are. Allow him to take that struggle and fix it, for his strength is made perfect in weakness. And who better to fix you than Jesus.
So tomorrow as you wake up in the morning to dress up, and look all together lovely, have in mind that you are the very best of God, the apple of his eye,that God loves you just as you are. Don’t mind if you are mess. He will take that mess and make a message out of it. He is just waiting for you to go to Him and cry out “Daddy am here,please help me”. He is waiting for you; His beloved child.