Blinded by Beauty







Last week, I shared a lesson from Beauty and the Beast and how love is unselfish.   This week, there is another lesson we can learn from this fairy tale. 

The beast is depicted as just that, he looks like a beast, however when you look at his heart it begins to thaw and be touched by love so that in the end, he is transformed from the inside out.

Then there is Gaston, who is handsome and all of the girls fall all over themselves to get to him.  Yet, Gaston only has eyes for Belle, who wants nothing to do with him.  Belle sees his true being.  A man who is arrogant, proud, rude, scheming, conniving, and full of himself.

Gaston is an example of how easy it is to be blinded by beauty.  It is so easy to see the outer appearance, but not the inner heart.

Have you been blinded by beauty or do you see through the disguise?

I became good friends with a client, who was not bad on the eyes.  The more I got to know him the more I was drawn to his heart for his parents.  Yet, the greater our friendship grew, the more red flags that began to appear.  When I realized he was beginning to occupy my heart, I called out to God to help me.  I prayed, “if he’s not the man for me, please remove him from my life”.   Less than  a month later, God did just that, but it was very painful and my life was completely upended.  Yet, today I see God’s hand in all that happened and praise him.

I could have been blinded by this man and what I saw on the outside.  After all, I’d fallen for that trap twice before.   But, this time I began to see beyond the outer appearance and called on God, who revealed is will.  {How I wish I’d done this the two times before, but I learned from those experiences to know to call on God}.

Do you see joy or despair?

Isaiah 61:3 says, “to bestow on them a beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

It is easy to be blinded by beauty, but there is hope.  God can take our ashes, mourning, heavy heart and despair and he can restore it into beauty, joy and praise.   All we have to do is seek him and call out to him.

Have you been blinded by beauty?

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