How God Sees My Ugly

Today I put on a wrinkly shirt.

You see, my maternity clothes were all stored in Space Bags – you know, those gigantic ziploc bags with a hole for your vacuum cleaner? If you have kids, you must get these for storing clothes and soft kids’ things. I also keep comforters and … old maternity clothes in them!

Now that I actually need to wear the beloved collection (90% of which came from craigslist – woohoo!), I realized that I just hung everything up from the Space Bags and never thought twice about it. Most clothes are polyester blends so wrinkling isn’t an issue.

But oh T-shirts.

Now, I did notice that the shirt was wrinkled before I put it on today, but I just shrugged it off because I was working from home and wearing my maternity favorite – a TRACK SUIT! (Hit the Facebook Like button at the bottom of this post if you LOVE track suits like I do!)

But I’ve seen my babysitter, who had a former career at Talbots and always looks impeccable; a cabinet man; a counter man; my husband (poor guy!); and friends in our community group.

All in my wrinkly shirt.

Oh… maybe I forgot to mention that the wrinkles are those deep kind and they are all over this T-shirt! Even where my track suit is not zipped!

Sheesh! I look like I just rolled out of bed. I get a pass because I’m pregnant, right?

(And did I bother changing clothes? No….. 🙂 )

I had a contemplative moment today when I realized how many people were witnessing my wrinkly shirt – this wrinkled mess is really much better and much more beautiful than how I look on the inside sometimes. Most times.

Maybe some of the witnesses saw my wrinkly shirt and didn’t think twice about it; maybe they thought, “Poor thing -she’s really losing it!”

But not my God.

The Bible says that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see the wrinkled, disheveled mess that I am. Because of His pursuit of me and His sacrifice on the cross, God only sees the perfection of Jesus.

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart. For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view,  now we do not know him in that way any longer. So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away– look, what is new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:12-17, NETBible, bolding mine)

The word “look” at the end there is also translated as “behold” – It’s like saying Who cares about that old wrinkly, disheveled inside – LOOK AT THE GLORY OF JESUS!
Friend, stop trying to cover up the ugly inside with beauty outside! When you embrace Jesus as the leader of your life, you are not only nice to look at – you are breathtaking.
How does it help you to have a glimpse of God’s view of you through Jesus? Who is in your life that needs to hear this message? Notice that this passage continues to say that God saved us through Jesus so that we can share this salvation with others! Read it here: 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

8 thoughts on “How God Sees My Ugly

  1. Donna

    Cute by very profound article! Good thing it’s only your clothing that’s wrinkled….just wait till it’s your face! LOL! God bless you & keep them coming, always enjoy these!

  2. Carol

    Congratulations on your bundle of joy! What a great post. So often we forget that we are made new in Christ. Keep up the great work!

  3. Jamie

    As I sit here in my wrinkled and stained t-shirt I am touched by this reminder! Thank you for this beautiful post. I will be subscribing and reading often.

    May your day be filled with joy and blessings!

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