May 6, 2012 at 12:28 am 3 comments

Last week, I met one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met.

Physically, she was lovely. She was in her mid-fifties, yet honestly looked much younger. But that’s not what it was.

No matter how lovely and attractive a fifty-year-old can be, she won’t look like the twenty-curvy-super-skinny definition of beauty that Hollywood touts. But I love that God is reminding me to turn my definition of beauty on its head; that in a world that tries to make me feel both too-much and never-enough and always under attack – God reminds me that his definition of “inner beauty” isn’t just some kind of Biblical consolation prize for those of us who don’t quite cut it otherwise.

Because this women is one of the most beautiful and captivating women I’ve ever met. And I know my share of stunningly gorgeous girls – inside and out.

She came to my church’s women’s night on Sunday, for the first time (that I remember at least – but I’ve only been able to go this semester). And no one wanted her to stop talking. She was full of joy. She radiated more life – a quiet, delightful energy and love – than possibly anyone I’ve ever met. And she honestly knows Jesus personally. Her love in Him, and trust and knowledge of His love for her, is the realest thing in her life. It’s unshakable and absolutely captivating and inspiring.

Dear Lord, help me to know you like that. Show me your love. I want to love you like that. 

And the stunning thing? She has been horribly abused (in every way possible, and most abusers only pick one of the eight forms – hers didn’t) for fifty years. She just got free two years ago. Two years ago, her soul was crushed and I imagine that she was one of the most broken people you could meet. She held it together well – ironically, broken people usually do, with perfectly polished exteriors – but until two years ago, she had never known Jesus’ love and gentleness.

Yesterday, Mom and I were talking about her marriage. And she said something that literally made me cry. (If you’re not a crying person, let’s blame it on the fact that I was over tired and had just finished my college finals, okay?)

“Your father’s love makes me beautiful.”

(Go ahead. Tell me you didn’t just consider tearing up at that.)

In that context, it’s not even sappy. It’s just stunningly, beautifully true. And that marriage is a picture of the way Christ loves his church – and the way that Christ’s love makes us, me, his bride, beautiful.

And this woman is another living example of that. She is beautiful because of his love.

And she’s someone that I pray to become. One of those people who cannot help sharing her love and joy with everyone she meets. And a woman who inspires me to go home, read my Bible, and pray to know Jesus like she does.

She’s unforgettable. In a far deeper and more beautiful way than the latest cover girl.

God wasn’t kidding when he said that his beauty was far more beautiful and longer lasting than ours.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anniewiltse  |  May 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Wow. That’s astounding. I love this, Megan.

  • 2. Dana Ray  |  May 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I appreciate how you put both the story of the broken marriage and the thriving one as examples of beautiful women. It is the Lord who redeems them both!

  • 3. Brandy  |  May 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I love this! It’s so beautiful and inspiring! 🙂


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