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Today’s blog post is written by the beautiful inside and out Dara Crandall who lives all the way in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. She has been hairdressing for 3 years and just launched Hairspray & Holywater. A blog about hair, culture, travel, and beauty. When she isn’t doing hair at the salon you can find her hanging out with her family and her pooch Rowdie. She likes music, art and being in big cities. Her dream is to bring good hair to the world and open a discussion on beauty and why it matters.

 

 

A few years ago I fell in love with a worship song by the name of You’re beautiful by Phil Wickham. The song paints with such vividness the beauty of creation, the power of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and the amazement of eternity that awaits us just beyond this life. I love this song because it challenges how I see God.

I tend to look on my Creator as loving, merciful, fierce and all-consuming. But before I met that worship song I never really saw the Almighty as beautiful. There is a grumbling in the Church that beauty is vanity and vanity takes us away from the discipline of the Cross, but the more that I walk the road to heaven the more I realize the fallacy in that statement. We were created by God, for God and in His image. Scripture waxes on about the wonders of creation and how it reflects God’s glory, might and beauty. The book of Ecclesiastes says that he has made everything beautiful in its time and the Psalms exclaim that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. That we are knit together in the most tender way, dreamt of and thought of before time even began.

I think that our quest for beauty has more to do with our soul’s ache to be back in Eden and in complete communion with God than it has to do with our lack of discipline and weakness in the face of vanity. The book of Genesis says that when Eve was brought to Adam and he beheld her for the first time that they were both naked and felt no shame. If we dealt with a faith that was solely concerned about a man dying on a Cross and how we must suffer and endure this life to hope to gain some sort of freedom in the end, then I don’t understand why that last statement would have been included in the Scriptures. To feel absolute pure, uncompromised, untainted beauty is to know the feeling of being naked without shame. I think that all our cosmetic surgeries, our thousands of dollars spent on make up and hair and our hours spent in front of the mirror have to do with making us feel the same way Eve did in front of Adam. And if that feeling of beauty and freedom existed before the Fall then I can only conclude that experiencing beauty is part of God’s design and His plan. Our beauty matters because it takes us back to a place free from sin and brings us to a time before our separation from God.

1st Corinthians says that our bodies are Temples of the Living God who now lives and dwells in us. The Temple was God’s house, that is where he “theatred” all his glory from. It was a fantastic building built by knowledgeable hands and skilled vision. It was laced with gold and other fineries, it was spectacular in its beauty. It was well kept, well maintained and well loved. If we loved our bodies the way that the Jewish people loved the Temple our lives would be so different. And not just different from a health point of view but from a beauty point of view too. We would decorate and love our bodies because they house the Living God. We wouldn’t be so caught up in achieving a worldly standard of beauty, we would be more concerned about clothing the house of God in a way that glorifies Him and celebrates what He has done in our lives. Maybe we wouldn’t hate the mirror so much if we knew that we were the packaging for a beautiful, fearsome God who lived inside of us.

Our beauty matters because we were created in the image of a beautiful God who lives and makes his place among us. There is strength and joy in beauty. Our job is to reflect his beauty to the world so that they might see and be intrigued. If creation is beautiful and reflects the majesty of the King and if we are created beings then we need to understand that we also reflect the beauty of the Most High.

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