Please not her!!
You know who I m talking about. The woman in church who is always immaculately turned out. Who wears only designer clothes, leaves a trail of designer perfume in her wake and can accomplish any task in a pair of heels that if I wore would give me a nose bleed.
Ah yes, I see your smile, you know who I m talking about. Now beautiful women are all around us, but I take a perverse pleasure in gloating in the fact that while they may be beautiful outside, they are not always beautiful inside.
They may have money, but they don t have Jesus is usually my comfort blanket.
But this woman in my church, she has both. She has beauty, money and Jesus in abundance. And I am very fond of her, I really am. But I am not so fond of meeting her when I m not in my Sunday best.
Let me explain. On Monday I took my son fishing at the coast. My coastline in March is a little like a freezer in overdrive.
So there I was wearing my husband s blue coat, which coming down to my knees made me look like a smurf, a hoodie with the hood pulled up and a hat jammed on top of the hood.
I had my head in the boot of the car, trying to extract a ham sandwich from a biscuit tin, when underneath the layers of hoods and hats I heard the distinctive sound of heels from The woman at Church !
Please NO was the first thought that went through my head Not when I look like this
So mid-hunt for sandwich I had a decision to make. Do I:
A Throw myself into the boot and slam the lid, therefore hiding myself.
B Pretend to choke on the said sandwich and collapse, feigning death so that I wouldn t have to talk to her (desperate times my friends) or
C Hope she just doesn t recognise me.
I opted for C. Wrong option, B would have been much better. She saw me. Not only did she see me, she came running over to talk to me.
Why Lord I thought, Why could I not have been cleaned before she found me ?
She is a friend; she cares not what I was wearing even if she would not be seen dead in similar clothing. I don t need to clean up for her.
I don t need to clean up for Jesus either.
Just as I am is how the hymn goes. I come just as I am, and he will give me a new coat. I wonder if it will be Armani ?!!!
I like that, "I don't need to clean up for Jesus..."
He does all the cleaning.
As I was reading this, I was thinking of my pastor's wife. She is tall, slender, blond and just simply a beautiful woman... whose just as beautiful internally as externally. Though she may look like a fashion model (she really does), I can easily envision her ministering to the most destitute, undesirable people in society. And... there would be no cameras around or even an audience. That's important for many due it for the "applause" but when there is no audience...
Quiet and very unassuming she is always ready to flash a smile, give someone a hug, lend them her ear and just simply share with them God's love through her actions. What a blessing she is!
Some of us Bethy, well... we are wrapped up in brown paper tied with string. The package has been mussed up a bit but do you know what? God is far more interested in what is inside that package and that reminds me that I need to do the same.
Ah Bethy, how lovely to the Lord you must look.
Thanks for the blog, even more so because it so quickly followed the other!
Ah, I know this woman, too. Her name is... oops, that wouldn't be proper now, would it. But I do recall a time she emerged from the ladies' room with a bit to tissue tucked in the waistband of her tailored skirt. Guess she really is human, like the rest of us...
Great blog, my dear friend.
what song floated in my head as i read this blog? no wait it was a episode of"columbo" with a "dash of sherlock homes and ellery queen mixed in lol be blessed and thank you
Sister Bethy, yes it's not fun to be caught in unflattering situations. Yet your godly friend shows godly behaviour and does see through all the physical but only sees your heart.
Thanks for sharing
From Hwa Silverpen
Ellery queen google it bethy a hint he was a detective that solved crimes
Ahh Bethy -to me you are the most beautiful woman to walk the earth -and I've never met you face to face -but I see your heart and know you are indeed beautiful.
Oh my! I have found the girlfriend page. Hallelujah! The only woman I ever met that intimidated by by just entering the room is a wonderful sister in Christ. She was one of my mentors in business years ago. I also can look like The Woman in Church (corporate training!), but seriously, I own 2 pair of overalls, 2 pair of jeans and flip flops are God's way of saying "I love you".
A few years ago, I approached a sister who was struggling with her new ministry. God had given me a vision of her in her bridal clothes! She was all in lavender, dripping with jewels and gold. Wow! She was stunned. Then she showed my a very large and beautifully cut amethyst ring she had just bought. She said "He told me to buy this. It's my wedding color!" I stepped into a newer understanding of looking not only at others with His eyes, but myself!
Isn't it wonderful to be a princess? Even in a hoodie?