I was thinking about my ugly nose one day which I ordinarily don’t think about too often in the way of the ugliness of it when the Lord stopped me in my tracks. Big time!
“At least my ugly nose is hidden,” I thought as I considered how the mask I was wearing due to the Covid epidemic hid my nose.
Now my Mom claims I fell out of my baby carriage as a young one and that my Dad who was a doctor felt I would be okay and didn’t need to do anything about it. Not to mention I have had many accidents involving my nose over the years normally due to my not paying attention as I rush around doing things. Others would say I was born that way. Truth is, I don’t think too much about the history of my nose. But it most assuredly is anything but a pretty nose. Can you imagine what the Spirit of God spoke to my heart that day?
“Your nose I gave to you,” He said bluntly.
Strong conviction. And a message for sure. About how we criticize ourselves and others concerning our outward appearances when in fact God made us. One hates her big hips. A man hates his small size. One lady can’t stand her huge frame. One child considers himself not growing quickly enough. One wishes she had pretty eyes in the world’s eyes. Then I have my “ugly nose.” Do we ever consider that we are criticizing the handiwork of God almighty?
Let’s be careful, you and I, shall we? In the world’s eyes, sure, we may fall terribly far short when it comes to our noses, hair, eye color, body frame, shape of our feet, height, etc.. But we weren’t created to be physically gorgeous according to the world’s ungodly standards for the sake of feeling great about ourselves and garnering the attention and praises of people. We were created to love and worship and glorify and please the Lord and to love others as ourselves and to live the lives God has planned for us for His name’s sake.
Let’s stop criticizing the way our glorious Creator made His Creation and get on with believing in and following and exalting the Lord as He leads us down the pathway He sets before us. Amen? Amen! Praise the Lord!
I’m 52 years old as I write this message the Lord has placed on my heart, and I believe it’s the first time ever I am perfectly fine with my nose! Let us be beautiful in the sight of the Lord, friend, in our hearts, with our thoughts, with our words, and with our actions. Let us be wholly pleasing to God almighty, oh yes!
Thank you for this wisdom you have placed in my heart, oh Lord. It has blessed me immeasurably. May you use it many times over Father as you send out this message to whomever you want to receive it. Please help us to get our eyes and thoughts off ourselves and onto you and your Word and your will for us and onto others in a manner whereby we are not critical of them but instead are loving and encouraging! AMEN!
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7