We live in a world obsessed with physical appearance. OBSESSED.
And there is this constant pressure on women. To be fresh off a magazine cover pretty. To be stylish and fashionably up-to-date. To be thin but still shapely. To have sexy legs and sexy eyes and sexy lips and even sexy hair. And if you’re well over 30? You better do something quick so you can look at least 10 years younger than you really are.
Goodness. Is it any wonder we end up feeling exhausted, discouraged, and like we’re never quite enough?
And if we’re not careful, we can begin to believe the lie that all we have to offer this world is what we look like. A lie that causes us to pull back in insecurity instead of reaching out in love. A barrier that keeps us from living up to our full potential. A prison that keeps us from doing and being all that God has designed us to do and be… all because we don’t feel attractive enough.
And I’ve had this word stirring in my heart for a few days now. A word for the prisoners. A word for the women shut down and immobilized by the lies of “you’re not lovely enough to have any worth or to do any good.” A reminder that we aren’t called to be pretty, little decorative plants. We are called to be TREES. Oaks of righteousness. Plantings of the Lord that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3)
And where do trees grow? Outside. Not boxed in. Not walled in. Not within prison cells. They grow in wide open spaces where they can put down deep roots, growing tall and strong while they soak in both sun and rain.
Are there some trees that grow inside? Sure. Little Ficus trees. Decorative plants that are pleasing to look at, but don’t really offer us anything more. And that right there? That is NOT who you are.
Oh sweet sister, I pray you hear this and receive this… you were never designed to merely be something pretty to look at.
You are so much more than a decorative houseplant! You are so much more than a decorative office plant!!
Because I’m not talking about whether you are a stay-at-home woman or a work outside of your house kind of gal. This isn’t about where we work. It’s about the state of our soul. It’s about the fact we were made for more than being IMPRISONED by the lie that all we have to offer this world is a pretty face and a well-toned body wearing the latest and the cutest of clothes.
We were made to be trees. We are called to be trees.
Trees with roots planted deep in the love of Christ. Trees with arms reaching up to the heavens in praise to the Lord. Trees with arms reaching out to the lost and the lonely and the hurting. Trees that provide shade and a resting place for the weary. Trees that produce good fruit for the hungry and the hopeless. Trees that make the air a little sweeter and more breathable, simply because we’re around.
The Lord wants to deliver you and deliver me from the lies that are keeping us bound up and unable to love and live and serve in the ways He is calling us to do. The lies that are keeping us from living this life like the trees He designed us to be.
Let’s ask Him to do that today, sweet sisters. Let’s ask Him to bust us out of these potted plant prisons we’ve been trying to live and function in. Let’s ask Him to help us move outside of the walls that have been holding us back so we can bless the world with the beauty and the hope and the goodness He has placed within us. Let’s ask Him to bring us out into wide-open places, to deliver us because He delights in us. And then let’s put our roots down deep in the truth that we are fully and completely loved by Him – not because of the way we look, not because of the size of our body, not because of the way we dress – but purely because we are His.
I love you, beautiful friends. And I am praying the Lord will move each of us to the sweetest places of true freedom.
“He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19