Behold-Her Beauty presents: “Am I Really a Diamond in the Rust?” by Brianna Barrett. Through a comment by her son, Brianna realizes she isn’t seeing the beauty in herself and discovers she is a diamond in the rust.
Am I Really a Diamond in the Rust?
“Mom, come check out this car,” called my 14-year-old son. As I walked over to the computer, I had an idea of what he wanted to show me. More than likely he was about to show me a beat-up, rusted-out car that had seen way better days. I was right, it was an old rusted car that had weeds growing up through it. “Uh huh” was all I could say in response. My son replied, “Mom, you don’t see its value like I do.”
The next day when I got on the scale, it wasn’t what I wanted to see. My son’s comment just kept repeating in my head. “You don’t see its value like I do”. God was telling me that I wasn’t seeing the beauty in myself. The scale doesn’t hold my worth, neither does the size of my clothes. But God does. My relationship with God is what matters.
I’m like that beat-up, rusted-out car with the weeds growing through it. I’ve been broken (and still am), the rust is the outward appearance (all those wrinkles, and extra pounds that I gripe about, the scars on the inside and out), and the weeds have grown in my heart without proper pruning (bitterness, jealousy, comparison).
“I’m like that beat-up, rusted-out car with the weeds growing through it. I’ve been broken (and still am), the rust is the outward appearance (all those wrinkles, and extra pounds that I gripe about, the scars on the inside and out), and the weeds have grown in my heart without proper pruning (bitterness, jealousy, comparison).” – Brianna Barrett #broken #devotional #restoredTweet
God sees me –
Lucky for me, God sees right through the rust and weeds to really see me. Elohim, the one who created me, made the heavens and earth, all the animals, and humans which were made in His image. He created for six days and “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31 KJV). God didn’t say the pretty things were good or the sweet-smelling things were good. He said that ALL the things that he made were good, not just good but very good.
He created me and you in His image (Genesis 1:27). King David writes in Psalm 139 about how marvelous and wonderfully complex we were created. Marvelous is the word used to describe us, not mediocre or worthless, marvelous! We are no accident at all but a masterpiece that God specifically designed. (Psalm 139:14-15). All of God’s creations are a masterpiece.
God’s masterpiece –
Ladies, we are hard on ourselves and our bodies. The way we see ourselves isn’t at all the way God sees us. Psalm 139 continues on to say, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered.” (Psalm 139:17 NLT). That amazes me! God has an infinite number of precious thoughts about me. Do I give those same thoughts room to root in my heart or do I immediately compare my body to that of an airbrushed model on the cover of some magazine in the grocery store line?
I’m guilty of comparing myself to the airbrushed model. I don’t always see the beauty in myself as a masterpiece, but God does because He created it. With the new perspective on how God sees me as a masterpiece, I began to change the way I thought about myself. I started thanking Him for the wrinkles, stretch marks, and gray hair instead of finding flaws in myself. God’s pure perfection, so being made in His image isn’t a flaw but a marvelous masterpiece.
“With the new perspective on how God sees me as a masterpiece, I began to change the way I thought about myself. I started thanking Him for the wrinkles, stretch marks, and gray hair instead of finding flaws in myself.” – Brianna Barrett #devotional #Godsmasterpiece #changeTweet
A diamond in the rough –
The next time my son called me over to see one of his diamonds in the rough, I tried seeing it through his eyes. I started asking him to tell me more about what he saw to help me see his perspective. After he shared his perspective, I began to see the car differently too.
Friend, let’s try to adjust our perspective on how we see ourselves, instead of finding the flaws, let’s find the gratitude in being made in the image of God today. All of God’s creations are very good and that includes you and me.
MEET THE AUTHOR – BRIANNA BARRETT
Brianna is a Carolina girl that loves Jesus and her family. She enjoys watching the sunrise, photography, reading, writing, and paddleboarding. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Faith On Every Corner, The Christian Journal, and Our Story Magazine, as well as a contributor to The Grit and Grace Project and Broken But Priceless Magazine where she writes the “From A Homemaker’s Heart” Column.
You can follow Brianna at Briannagrams – Building His Kingdom by sharing His Story, (4) Facebook and https://www.instagram.com/briannagrams1/.
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