There are days I look in the mirror and wonder why I’m not married or at least have a line of suitors at my door; I look amazing, who wouldn’t want this on their arm? But then there are days when I’m upset I have to walk around with this face, never mind other people having to look at it. I was feeling like the latter on a Tuesday morning. Someone had recently told me I had a “glow” about myself, and I wanted to tell them it was probably my oily skin (I’m currently going through an acne situation), and on that Tuesday, the “glow” appeared to be in full effect. I started my day off by going through the McDonald’s drive-thru to get some breakfast. I was on the phone with a client and I hate to be that person on the phone while ordering food but I always am. I pulled up to the first window to give the guy my money and because I’m always that person on the phone, I try to make up for it by making grand facial expressions, including smiling, widening my eyes, and lots of nodding. I’m not sure if it was my over compensation or something else, but the guy kind of looked stunned, almost mesmerized. Before I pulled off, he told me “you’re beautiful.” I smiled even harder and thanked him (well I mouthed out thank you because I was on the phone).
To be called beautiful is such a wonderful feeling. I don’t care if it’s my six year old cousin, the eighty year old lady at my church, or the man at McDonald’s; it makes my heart smile. Christian women are often told, we should not look for validation in men (we should not) and God’s opinion is the only opinion that matters (it is), but that does not mean we don’t want to be seen as beautiful and told we are beautiful. We are not beautiful because someone else says it, we just are, and sometimes we need to be reminded.
In the thirty eighth chapter of Isaiah, we see how being reminded made a difference. Hezekiah was set to die, but he said to the Lord “…Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight…” (Isaiah 38:3). Hezekiah was not telling God anything He did not already know; he simply stated what was true. But by God hearing his prayer and being reminded, it allowed God to do something different and Hezekiah lived fifteen more years.
On that Tuesday morning, I set in my mind it was going to be an “ugly” day; meaning I would limit conversation as much as possible, try to avoid all mirrors, and pray for better days. But the McDonald’s guy reminded me, I am beautiful. This was not new knowledge for me (I have been told my confidence level borders vanity, but I simply ignore those people lol), but by hearing it again, I was able to add a pep in my step throughout the rest of the day, smiling and laughing with my coworkers. I was on the lookout for mirrors! Remind someone they are beautiful; it may make a difference.