Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Beauty of the Lord

I am entering a new phase of life and I have decided to embrace it.  It's called "middle-age."  I am learning to see things more and more through God's eyes and less and less through mine.  And it's good.

My favorite flower is the hydrangea.  So unique in its color scheme and size, the hydrangea is relatively carefree.  Depending on its soil, the flower will bloom in any shade of pink, purple, blue, powder, or cream.  Each bloom holds dozens of smaller flowers which typically have four petals.  I love its simplicity and complexity....a dynamic that seems to signify life.

The most amazing thing about the hydrangea, or any other flower, is that its beauty is not created by man.  Its intricate handiwork was designed, flawlessly, by our Lord.  Not only is each flower type unique, but each flower within its own category is unique.  No two hydrangeas are exactly the same....yet each one is beautiful in its time.

So it is with women.  The most beautiful women I have ever known are not defined by their hair color, their waist size or their prowess.  They are brought to height in my mind by their incredible love for Christ.  That love radiates from every facet of their lives and brings amazing light and allure.  They work with their hands, yielding lovely things....quilts, blankets, curtains, candles, soaps, booties, herbs, casseroles, wreaths, rugs, bread, paintings. Those same hands make beds,  fold clothes, till the garden, can the beans, caress their husband's faces, cuddle the grandchildren, open the mail, write the checks, pull the weeds, wash the dishes.  Each one designed by God for a special purpose, these beautiful women set out each day to do exactly as He has called them.  They simply amaze and inspire me.

The world has its own view of beauty, but it's askew. The world's greatest super models just can't hold a candle to the women of God.  So I will accept my graying hair, my stiff knees, my increased waistline, my fading eyesight....and I will be thankful that the beauty of the Lord is eternal.  He is mine God and I will praise Him!

"Let the beauty of the Lord be upon us.  And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm for us the work of our hands."

~Psalm 90: 17


At May 16, 2012 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was encouraging to read, for sometimes as women, it can be difficult to accept not only the way God has made us, but the seasons that we must endure as well.

At May 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM , Blogger annspencer said...

As usual, Sherry, you have written a blog that touches me -- not only do I LOVE hydrangeas, but I would like to be the kind of older woman that inspires others, even with my thicker waist and graying hair. Thanks for being a friend who sees through the loving eyes of God.

At May 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Ann, Pastor Vince and I were talking recently about the women we most admire from the churches we have pastored. You were one of the first we mentioned! You were always smiling, patient, godly....and BEAUTIFUL!

At May 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Thanks Mara!

At May 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM , Blogger annspencer said...

Sherry, you are too kind -- glad I had you fooled!! Did you see my last blog about the cardinal -- partly inspired by you?
God Winks: Crazy Cardinal Godwink


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