You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. (Song of Solomon 4:7 ESV)
Do you have an insecurity or a trigger that can go off unexpectedly? I do, and it just went off this morning in an after church fellowship time.
For me, my old hurts go back to someone who would criticize and put down my domestic abilities. I thought that stronghold was pulled down long ago, and the lies and labels of my flesh sacrificed and buried. So, imagine my surprise then when that dead ol’ woman popped up from the grave and reared her ugly accusing head today.
As I cleared away the dirty dishes, an elderly woman clucked her tongue at me and commented, ‘That’s not how we do it here – you’re missing the whole system’. The stench from the corpse from my past filled my nostrils, condemning and reiterating my incompetence over and over again in my head. I just wanted to turn, run and cry.
Grabbing a tray of dirty dishes, I made my way to the kitchen, fighting back tears.
Then He whispered in my ear, ‘there is no flaw in you. You are hidden in Me . . . and that’s all I see.’ Remembering the Truth from the Word, my shoulders relaxed, I breathed deep and dedicated the food stained dishes to Him. I would clean them for Him. Not for the people of the fellowship, not to get approval from man, but these were his dishes and He was watching my heart, not my hands.
Yes, we are not infallible and we will and do make mistakes, but we are free from the lies of the dead ol’ ladies from our past. Let’s cling and claim the Truth that we are in Him and He is in us.
Father, thank You for so many love letters in your Word. Thank You that You see us as beautiful and flawless when filtered through the grace of your Son. Help us to let go of the old hurts and lies of our pasts and to rest in your eternal acceptance and unconditional love. Amen