Today's Devotional Thought
August 27, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
I stumbled upon a magazine article yesterday that was written by Beth Moore. It was written a few years ago and in the article, Beth talked about the enormous pressures to be beautiful that our teenaged girls face. As she described this beauty-focused world our teenagers battle in, she shared a paper that her daughter Melissa had written about her own struggles with body image. In this paper, Melissa described a day that she wandered upon her mother having her quiet time. The teenaged Melissa was dealing with her own body image and beauty struggles at the time and as she watched her mother spending time with Jesus, she was greatly impacted by the beauty of it.
Not worldly beauty.
But a simple beauty of a woman who loved the Lord and was meeting with him early in the morning in her bathrobe. Before her face was adorned or her hair was teased, her mother was enjoying time with her Savior in the privacy of her breakfast nook.
And it was beautiful.
As I read Melissa's description of the scene, I could so see it in my mind. I could see the early morning sunlight coming through the curtains of the breakfast nook. I could see Beth sitting at her table with her Bible and journal open in front of her. Before she brushed her hair or put on lipstick or donned earrings, Beth sat quietly with her Savior. And I could just see the honesty as this mother sat before her Lord to start her day. And I imagined the young Melissa standing at a distance and watching with longing intrigue for what her mother had.
Not the latest fashions or trends.
Not an international ministry.
Not fulfillment from family and friends.
What she wanted was her mother's beautiful and intimate and genuine relationship with Jesus.
As I read the article, the part that I loved most was that Beth did not even know that her daughter was watching her that morning. She was not aware that her teenaged daughter, living in the middle of her own woes, was watching her mother and learning so much.
I am sure Melissa had watched her mom many times before in other grander arenas. I am sure she watched as her mother taught Sunday School to thousands of women in a large Houston church. I am sure she watched her mother as she stood in a spotlight and taught on a large arena stage. And I am sure she watched her mother on a television screen and saw her mother's books on the shelf at Lifeway. Melissa had many opportunities to watch her mom's love for the Lord and learn from her. But this time was different. This time, she was learning how to be a woman after God's own heart by carefully watching a woman who was quietly and privately and earnestly seeking God's heart for herself.
As I read this article I was so struck by the many moments in my day that someone could be watching. Not only do I have two little women in my own home who can secretly watch me, but there are others whom I interact with each day who could be watching my behaviors, my reactions, and my life. At any point in my day, someone could be watching and learning about Jesus from what they see in me.
We all have people watching. Sometimes, we know that they are watching. And sometimes, we do not. And friends, I am reminded today to live a life that can be watched at any moment. Oh how I desire to live a life in private and in public that points to Jesus and shows others the beautiful intimacy that can exist between Father and daughter.
Friends, remember that beautiful scene that Melissa described. And live both your private moments and public moments in a way that honors Jesus and points others towards him. It will make an impact in ways that you may not ever even know about. It did for Melissa. And it can for others.
Have a wonderful Tuesday. And remember friends, when it gets hard today, press into Jesus! There is no better way to do this life!