For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Solomon 2:23
Babies and children are beautiful in so many ways! Their innocence still intact or even their strength when their innocence has been lost. Their courage and trust placed in those they love and look up to. Their beauty, both outwardly and inwardly!
During my time in the field working as an Emergency Management Technician I formed a great passion for my job, but I still wanted so much more out of it. I wanted to follow, what I felt was, my calling to work with Pediatrics. Working on children and infants was incredibly easier than adults most of the time. Their bodies had not yet been poisoned with a life’s worth of bad choices, unhealthy eating habits, stress and strain and were more “predictable.” Now, there were the cases in which they were born to a mother who did not have a healthy pregnancy and so they were born with issues, those who were born with issues to no one’s fault, or those that simply did not have the healthiest upbringing. Even those children were still somewhat easier than an adult who’s body had already started to deteriorate years ago and had already been scarred by countless injuries and health issues.
Children are truly amazing and I wanted to do what I could to keep them alive and healthy. A few years passed and I found myself about to have my own child so I chose to let go of those dreams and place my attention on my own children. Since then my husband and I have been blessed with 5 healthy, beautiful children! How they were born healthy is nothing short of God working in their lives, because I did not make the best decisions with each of them. I thank God every day for watching over them!
As I was sitting here feeding our youngest her lunch, I did what I do many times. I admired her. The roundness of her cheeks, her wide and bright eyes, her smooth and unblemished skin. Then the thought of how we are made in God’s image came to mind. So I started to reflect on that.
When we’re older we are told this many times and are reminded that we must look at ourselves with love and admiration because it is the face of God that we are looking at in the mirror. Why then do we look at ourselves and see so much ugliness sometimes? It’s because we’ve tainted the image of God. As babies we are born in His image, untainted and unweathered by life and personal choices. A baby’s face is the true likeness of Himself that God has created and wants us to see.
The image we see as we grow is still God’s likeness, but it is also a reminder of how much we have turned away from Him. The frown lines when we don’t choose to seek Joy in him. The creases of anger and worry etched into our forehead as we are unable to love unconditionally and trust him completely. The scars of haplessness and injuries that we have done to ourselves or that others have done to us. Eyes that have grown red with tears or lack of sleep, yellowed with killing our liver, glazed by lack of rest or drugs, clouded by loss of faith and by losing sight of Him and his purpose for our lives.
When we, as adults, look in the mirror and we don’t like what we see, it’s because we don’t like what we see/have seen in our Creator.
Have you ever noticed that when you look at someone who has a strong relationship with Christ and with God, they look so much more beautiful than the vast majority? There’s a reason for that. They treasure God and what and who He is! Beauty! They don’t even have to be the most “gorgeous” person by man’s standards, but there is a peaceful and radiant beauty that you can’t help but see when you look at or spend time with them. Some call it an aura, some call it “good genes.” I chose to believe that it is simply the Glory of God shining out from within their hearts.
Our eternity was destroyed the moment that Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of God’s sight, and yet he still chose to give every man after that to be born in His image. As a reminder of what they could have one day. That an eternity still awaits them. We can’t run from the scars of our inherent life of sin and mortality, but we can choose to see the beauty and to cherish the beautiful gift of love that we have been given.Tags: Beauty, children, creation, eternity, God, God's Image, image, Love, scars, sin
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