So… Yesterday I had my amazing bridal shower. I don’t wear makeup often and I’ve only had it done by a makeup artist once before (unless you count my daughter, but she’s 9 so there’s that – LOL). Well, yesterday I decided to let someone do my makeup and it was the best thing I could’ve done for myself during this stressful time of wedding planning. Between my makeup artist and myself, there were two Queens of Comedy in the room. We laughed so much I think it took two hours to get through it all.
I don’t even remember what all we laughed about other than the fact that I could not follow directions. If she told me to look up, then I looked down. If she told me to look down, then I looked up. If she told me to close my eyes… well, ummm, I’d just open them wider, LOL! And these were not even the times when I was trying to get her to laugh, but I was just being me. And the more she fussed at me, the more I laughed and the more I laughed, the more she fussed.
She said this to me (in a very stern voice, LOL), “Look! I’m very serious about these eyebrows, so you can’t be laughing!” Now why did she say that? So you know what happened next… Yep, I started laughing AGAIN!! I know I gave her a hard time, but I’m happy to say that she has named me her silliest client so far and I am absolutely okay with that!!! LOL!
At the end of the day, I loved the finished project. In fact, I’m surprised she accomplished anything the way I stayed in the mirror every time she applied something to my face. I couldn’t help it; I literally watched her bring more life to my eyes with every stroke. I watched as she brought out the smallest details in my face that I didn’t even know I had. I was impressed and a very satisfied client!
It was the best thing I could’ve done during this stressful time in my life because even with all the laughing and fussing, God spoke to me through her in the midst of all the crazy fun! Two simple words, “LOOK UP!!” She said those words a lot and each time they hit my spirit deeper and deeper. She was trying to enhance something about me, so I had to, “LOOK UP!” She was trying to perfect something about me, so I had to, “LOOK UP!” She was trying to change something about me, so again, I had to, “LOOK UP!” In this I saw what God has been doing and continues to do day after day. And I understood what I need to do in order for him to do what he needs to do… LOOK UP!
But looking up was not the only thing that had to be done for her to accomplish perfection. I also had to be still, be quiet (at times), relax and allow her to guide my face to the position that she needed it to be in. Lord, why me?! I don’t know how to be still and I don’t know how to relax, LOL. I just know how to keep going until I can’t go any more.
I was excited about getting my makeup done, but I was also hungry and I wanted to eat. I was anxious to get to my bridal shower. I was frustrated from the text messages from people who weren’t coming. I was tired because for whatever reason I had been up since 5 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. And yet, I still needed to be still, relax, look up and trust my makeup artist, that it was all going to be worth it in the end.
As I prepare for my wedding, which is just 33 days away, my mind is constantly working – I’m always thinking about something. How will past mistakes impact my upcoming marriage? Is the woman I am now enough to be the wife that he needs in the future? What if he needs more… can I be more? Can I give more? How much more are we talking ,Lord? LOL!
And I know that I am not the only person who has these questions or some similar, whether man or woman, single or married. Are we capable of accomplishing what we should when God leads us to where we are destined to be? Will we be enough? Can we do enough?
The answer is, Yes! There is always this one thing that we can do when fear and uncertainty seem present. When life seems overwhelming. When we feel incapable of doing what God has asked of us. We can LOOK UP and we can trust that God is capable of assisting us in accomplishing whatever he has given us to do.
While I sat there yesterday and thought about my entire experience with the makeup artist, I thought about how I’ve messed up in the past. I mean REALLY MESSED UP! But things have changed; I have changed. God has worked on me and continues to work on me every day. My past is not my present nor is it my future, but it was just a number of stepping stones that allowed me to grow closer to God and to experience his grace and his mercy in spite of all that I’ve done in my life.
I am his masterpiece and he is just as serious about his work as my makeup artist was serious about my eyebrows! LOL. God loves us and he desires for us to live the life that he designed for us. That’s why he keeps working on us. That’s why he keeps taking us through challenges. That’s why he allows us to experience things that may be uncomfortable at times.
He is molding us and shaping us to be more like him, so that through our lives we can show others his light, his love, his compassion, his forgiveness, his truth and so on, and we have to trust that whatever he takes us through will be worth it in the end. We have to trust him through the uncertainty, through the discomfort and through the mishaps of life.
Take-aways from my makeup session:
- Be Still – “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
- Be Quiet – Listen for God’s voice.
God speaks through His Word
God speaks through our thoughts
God speaks through conversations with others
God speaks through circumstances
- Relax – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4: 6-7
- Trust God – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- Look Up – “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber” Psalm 121: 1-3