When I thought about the word paint, the first thing that came to mind was to decorate or adorn.
Webster’s simple definition of the verb is:
To make (someone or something) more attractive by adding something beautiful.
Like most women, I like to put on a nice dress, heels, do my nails, hair, and makeup and go out with my husband. I feel beautiful when he looks at me. It’s nice to hear that I look pretty.
I am blessed with a husband who often tells me I’m beautiful. I can be fresh-faced and wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops. Suddenly, he will give me a hug and tell me, “You are beautiful.”
However, God looks at the inside and cautions me against letting my adornment be only external. There is nothing in the Bible, I can find, banning women from enhancing their appearance. 1 Peter 3:3 (emphasis mine) states:
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—”
Matthew goes further:
““So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 NKJV http://bible.com/114/mat.6.28-30.nkjv
The idea that God, in His eternal vision cares about me and will provide not only clothing but much much more is awe inspiring. The living God sees me! He knows my every need and will provide for me in a manner I can’t even imagine.
Often, I don’t see God’s provision until after the situation is over. Then my hindsight is so clear. I can see the hand of God and how He worked, and provided, after I am on the other side of a circumstance. My vision is cloudy while I’m going through the storms of life. I just can’t see Him working but sometimes I’m able to feel Him which is of great comfort.
Peter gives further instruction, making clear my goal:
“rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I Peter 3:4 NKJV http://bible.com/114/1pe.3.4.nkjv
The question then becomes how do I possess a gentle and quiet spirit? Through daily communion with Him. Seeking to know Him better so I will be able to hear Him during the trials of life.
I’ll be the first one to admit I am not perfect in spending time with Him. I struggle with memorizing His word. It seems there is always something needing done that interrupts the time I set aside for Him. Pretty soon the day has gone by and I’ve yet to spend time with Him.
Lord, work in my heart and cause me to seek you first. Help me make you my first priority and be malleable in Your hands so I can do your will! Amen