Our challenge…is to not find our confidence in how others perceive us, or in our own appearance or acts, but rather in how Jesus Christ knows us. While we may be ‘dark but lovely’ due to the life we have led, or the actions of others, He looks with eternity’s eyes and is moved with great love for us. The more we gaze on Him we learn to know this wonderful, healing view, and so are transformed in to that beautiful likeness.
Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.
Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant!
Also our bed is green. The beams of our houses are cedar, and our rafters of fir. I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
(Song of Songs 1:15 – 2:2)
Rightly do they love you. I am dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. Do not look upon me, because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me the keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept.
(Song of Songs 1:4b-6)
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
(1 John 2:28)