Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, at Mount Zion, where the Lord has chosen to live, where the Lord Himself will live forever?”
Mount Zion, in Israel, is known to have three locations. In the context of this verse, it’s nothing more than a grassy hill outside the City of David. Compared to Mount Hermon, Sinai and Meron, Zion is a speck of dirt. It does not boast the most stunning scenery or the most impressive elevation.
To the eye, Mount Zion is average.
Yes, I have a point. No, it’s not geography related.
This dusty hillside may not appeal to the eye, but God chose to use it in very unique, powerful ways. It is now used as a prophetic sign of God’s continual presence, a place of constant worship and a foundational seat of ethereal authority. From Zion, God’s passionate presence radiates and administers His healing touch the world. There’s is no other hill known for these things, no matter how beautiful a place it might be.
Am I comparing people to a giant mound of dirt? Why yes, I am. But I’m sure you’ve read weirder stuff.
In all seriousness, I’m not going to pretend that attractive people don’t get the attention, adoration and affirmation of people. They often do.
But I promise you: the rush is fleeting. In tune with the beat of the same drum, actress Marilyn Monroe once said, “fame is fickle.”
The moment someone prettier steps into the room, people’s opinion of you change.
A lot of beautiful people base their worth on appearance so when people stop looking, they can feel lost and depressed. In addition, when they grow older and their looks start to fade many of their other skills aren’t developed because they focused mostly on their mascara and abs. This can lead to a sense of great lack and purposelessness.
Please don’t get me wrong.
Please don’t get me wrong.
Working out and makeup application are art forms. Both take dedication and practice that lead to benefits!
I’m also not saying that every outwardly attractive person looks for validation from their beauty. But the warning lights should start flashing when we are afraid to go out in public without makeup or have a breakdown when we miss a workout.
(That used to be my struggle but God has since freed me to enjoy the unique beauty He has given me.)
Those flashing lights should lead us to His word. As we see in the stories of countless Biblical characters, God doesn’t look at gym-alicious muscle, perfect hair or a great butt. His standards of value are a lot different than the opinions of people.
He chose David, an illegitimate son and ruddy shepherd, to led Israel in some of the greatest victories ever recorded. He picked Moses, the murderer and stutterer, to rescue the Hebrews from Egypt. Rahab the prostitute became the great grandmother of Jesus, Savior of the world!!!
These facts are recorded in the Bible and may seem a million miles away, but they are closer than your breathe. They show you, God wants to use you. You, in your ordinary life and ways. When you choose to look to Him and not yourself, you will lead armies of a different kind. You will shower life on the dying and hopeless. You will shine light in hopeless situations and show love to people who are lost and hurting.
You life and your legacy will be so much more than a great selfie. You will do what you were born to do, you will change the world.
We look to God for this outcome because what God cares about is so much deeper and more valuable. He doesn’t want to see us trapped in making an idol of ourselves. We can’t save ourselves.
Daughter, contrary to what people tell you, you are a hidden gem, tucked away from prying eyes. You are where the Lord chooses to dwell. He wants to use your unique gifts to change this planet.
If you feel like you don’t measure up to the world’s standards, ask Him to fill the lonely, unloved parts of your heart. Ask Him to help you trust that He will make you feel beautiful, in the right time and way. I guarantee, your heart will leave filled with joy and reassurance, filled with the light of His overwhelming presence.
He has a plan for you.
Even if you don’t see it at the moment, He is molding and crafting you. You are a magnificent sculpture, formed in His likeness. You are greater and more powerful than you know.
All you need to do to see it is ask the One who made you to show you the truth then choose to defy the facts and believe it.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
With much love,