God sees us not as we are but as we can yet be. We see ourselves with all our warts, our blemishes, our failures. That is not how God sees us. Because we ask Him for forgiveness, He blots out all out past failures. Then He sees us as we can yet be--without the curse of our many imperfections.
Do you remember the classic fairy tale RAPUNZEL? It is the story of a young girl, imprisoned in a tower with an old witch. The young girl is in fact very beautiful, but the old witch insistently tells her that she is ugly. This was the witch's way of keeping the girl in the tower with herself.
One day, however, Rapunzel is gazing from the window of the tower. At the base of the tower stands her Prince Charming. Rapunzel throws down the end of her long and beautiful golden hair to the prince. He takes it and braids it into a ladder and climbs up to rescue her.
The point is this. The real prison Rapunzel finds herself in is not the tower, but the fear of her own ugliness which the witch has described so often and so effectively. The witch has convinced her that she is of no value. However, when Rapunzel sees in the eyes of her lover her own reflection and that she is beautiful, she is freed from the real tyranny of her own imagined ugliness.
We need to see in the eyes of the God who created us, sustained us and loved us with an everlasting love the beauty which may be ours in Jesus Christ.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
- I Corinthians 13:12
Dear Lord, show us the beauty you have created in us through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.