She wasn’t beautiful by any physical standard. Actually closer to plain than cute. And her Airman Battle Uniform masked any feminine curves. But her personality was so sparkly; she turned heads in the crowded train at DFW.
She hardly said a dozen words, but her pint sized body housed a supersized bundle of fun.
Our culture puts a staggering amount of focus on physical beauty. If you came from outer space and evaluated our culture strictly from the media, the conclusion would be that physical beauty reigns supreme.
That is not really so.
Do your own study. Go to the mall, or the airport or any other place with high exposure to women. Check out their wedding rings and compare that with their faces. You will find that a huge percentage of married women are not particularly beautiful.
But they are married.
That is an example of the soul stepping in front of the physical presentation. It is obvious that their men were so captivated by their personality that it overrode the cultural stereotype of female physical beauty.
That is called aligning beauty. The inner beauty of the soul stood in front of the visible beauty of the body.
Now, add a third dimension: spirit.
There is a lady in Europe who comes to many of our seminars. She is in her 80s. I don’t know if she was ever seen as a stunning beauty in her youth, but for sure, she doesn’t turn heads now. She is not homely. She just looks like an ordinary 80 year old.
She is quite reserved. No sparkly personality. Her close friends love her dearly so there is beauty inside, but in a group setting, she is nearly invisible. The treasures of her soul are kept well back from the general public.
But her spirit is a thing of beauty. She walks in towering faith. Her intimacy with the Most High is worthy of books being written. The power of her prayer life flows from being so intimate with her Father, she knows His heart.
But there is another facet of her spirit that stands above all others: reverence.
When I am in the presence of someone who walks in deep reverence, it invariably unleashes my spirit to realms of glory that I cannot get to on my own! When this majestic Noble Subject is in my seminars, they are always better because of the impact her spirit has on mine.
This is the perfect alignment of beauty: spirit in front of soul and body.
Christ railed against the Jews who placed a veneer of religion over their twisted soul. It didn’t fool Him at all.
But He was quick to see the spiritual immensity of Mary when she anointed His feet. The others around Him were hung up on her past improprieties. But for Him, her spirit was so elegant, the rest didn’t matter.
Copyright July 2016, by Arthur Burk