Let me share with you this poem by Emily Hunter:
Is it curling the hair or painting the face?
Pinning on bows, pink ribbons and lace?
Flounces and frills, bracelets and rings?
Polishing nails? Is it all of these things?
No, you can’t pin it on
Like a bow in the hair.
You can’t put it on
Like the garment you wear.
It’s deeper than ornaments
Gracing the skin.
For true femininity
Comes from within!
It glows from the heart
That is gentle and kind.
A soul that is chaste,
An honest pure mind.
Without inner goodness
How futile the bows.
For ‘pinning on petals’
Can never make a rose!
This is a plain and simple poem yet it drives home a point.
It is just normal for women to have that inner desire to be beautiful in one way or another. However, it is just sad to note that most women are just addressing the superficial. The poem above highlighted some of the salient point of Proverbs 31.
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Some of you might be rolling your eyeballs right now while saying “It is not applicable to me because I am still single” ok, granted that we are still single, don’t you think we could celebrate true femininity and embrace our God-ordained role as a woman?
The true essence of a woman relies on how she embraces her role and adheres to true womanhood. No amount of make-up and no amount of beautiful dresses could replace that time-tested beauty secret.
Even the beautiful Audrey Hepburn once said, “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the care that she lovingly gives and the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”
I know that it is not easy to be that beautiful and we all have a long way to go but we better start now before it’s too late. Let us all embrace real beauty!!!