Recently I was sitting at a red light and noticed all the cars going back and forth, there were some new, shiny ones, and a great little two-seater convertible right next to me that still had the sales sticker still on it, but what caught my attention was the number of old, ugly cars that weren’t ugly because they were old, they were just ugly. I wondered about the time they were on the design board and someone thought they were pretty or they would not have been built and then sold! I saw some old trucks that were loaded with tools, supplies, some with garbage, they were all ugly but still useful. The very next thought was the first phrase of Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
As I passed the high school and slowed to obey the 25 mph speed limit I saw lots of young girls getting out of cars, looking at their reflection in mirrors and taking selfies, there were boys walking into the school and it made me think of young bulls showing off to each other and I had to smile to myself remembering when I was one of those young girls and it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago.
Time changes the beautiful image we see in the mirror, a proud new structure becomes old, its paint gets worn and the leaky roof needs to be repaired, there are cars left in junk yards looking like their “bones” had been picked by the vultures looking for special parts.
As I drove on, driving roads so familiar that I hardly had to think, I noticed the old trees lining the streets, some of them over a hundred years old, yet as their leaves begin to change they are more beautiful than any young person, or spindly young tree could ever be. I just thanked God for His enduring love and mercy to this old world, and I wish that its citizens treated it with a little more kindness.
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. 1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
To be beautiful we stay close to His holiness and it’s like standing in flattering light, you just look more beautiful when you’re standing next to Him. Also, having a gentle and quiet spirit makes us beautiful from the inside out, which lends credence to my mother’s old adage, “Beauty is as beauty does!” Even the homeliest face looks pretty when it is wearing a smile, and the prettiest or most handsome less so when it is proud, insolent or rude. Lastly, I have never thought my feet were pretty but I find they are beautiful! Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “ Your God reigns!”
No matter how old I am or will get before I die, I will be beautiful because I am a child of God and I look a lot like my Dad!