By Suzanne Delica
Imagine Eve in the Garden of Eden. Naked in every aspect of the word. Pure in essence, mind, and spirit. Beautiful. No flaws at all. Complete. Walking with her God—the one who created her as He intended her to be. You can’t help but wonder what did perfection look like? What did she smell like? Who was this Eve of the Garden of Eden? She must have been someone of great grandeur and beauty because it is her that the serpent approached first. What better way to attack God than to shatter Eve’s identity as God’s beloved, help-mate, and giver of life.
Life After Sin.
With sin came idleness, covetousness, idolatry, and death. But sin wasn’t alone; for low self-esteem, lost identities, and perversion were riding its heels. We can see the results of sin all around us—just look in the mirror. What agreements have you made with the enemy? When is the last time you’ve seen yourself naked (not at all made-up) and felt beautiful? Is it essential for you to put your “face” on, wear at least some earrings, your 5 ½ inch stilettos, and $500 dollar purse in order to have a good day? Oh and don’t let your edges look overdue for a touch up or your gel nails chip—that would be the end of life as we know it. Please excuse my crudeness, but beauty has been perverted into have and have-nots defined by a society that has NO idea of what the word stands for. We have allowed the world to convince us that God messed up or forgot some things when He made us. From $1000 weaves, false lashes, cosmetic surgery, materialistic addictions, and a slew of alterations we do to our bodies, by not loving ourselves as the naked beings we came into this world as, we are telling God that He is not perfect because we don’t feel we are.
What Does the Bible Say About Beauty?
God’s Word says otherwise, for “you were fearfully and wonderfully made.” “For God made man in His image,” so who are we to defy the truth. This is something that I actually struggled with growing up. I had little to no self-esteem and wanted to commit suicide daily (but never had the guts to officially). To outsiders I had it all: light-skinned, long hair-don’t care, exotic look, and a closet as full as a socialite always on the scene. I was living the fashionable life of a shallow, wannabe deep soul sistah. I was confident for all the wrong reasons. When I looked in the mirror, I hated what I saw and wished for the next chick’s figure, hair, and even eye color. The only things I thought I had going for myself were the long hair and fashion-forward style. But then one day I decided to pray about what I saw when I looked in the mirror. Faithfully, God revealed to me in 2009 what His Word says about beauty:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. –Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. -Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. –Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)
Behold, thou art fair, my love; Behold thou art fair; Thine eyes are as doves. –Song of Solomon 1:15 (ASV)
Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride. –Isaiah 62:4 (NLT)
Over the course of that year into 2010, God began to prune the false images and ideas I had of beauty. As I looked in the mirror, I began to see less of what I lacked and more of what I was blessed with. On one of those days of revelation God whispered to me “beauty is in the eye of the Creator.” That was when the walls completely fell down and I believed that what I saw was real beauty—I had an Eve moment. I was already transitioning to “go natural” and so I decided that same day to get a “Big Chop”. FREEDOM rained down on me that day! I finally understood what God meant when He gave me the Isaiah 62:4 verse above. When I would get my hair relaxed, the chemical processing was killing my ends and my spirit—I despised what I thought was nappy, unruly, and cursed hair. God said these exact words to me: “Every curl represents the complex covenant I have with the earth. Your hair thirsts for the living water just like your spirit does. You couldn’t appreciate something you weren’t taught to love properly. I made your ancestors’ hair as such so that they could survive in the wilderness. You have been blessed with uniqueness. Your hair is your crown.” It is not a coincidence that “going natural” is such a grass-roots movement right now! The Lord is stirring up our hearts to love our temples as He created them. God is redeeming His people and bringing us back to the Garden of Eden—a place of purity, naturalness, and beauty. And He is starting with our self-image, even our hair for the Bible says:
It is her glory.. for her hair is given to her for a covering. – 1 Corinthians 11:15
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. –Matthew 10:30 (NIV)
A Generation of Eve’s
Being in the Garden of Eden is a choice you have to consciously make, daily. God wants you to know your identity and have confidence in it so that when the enemy comes along and tries to destroy your life, like he did Job and Samson, you won’t fret or be moved because you know who you are. That’s the one thing he cannot take from you, unless you let him.
Your beauty mesmerizes the Lord! One look from you and the Lord is made well. He adores you, just as you adore Him! What a splendid thing it is to know who God is in You. It is your anointing, not your style, that makes you effective—the power of God in you. I pray that my testimony and words of wisdom will encourage you to rise as an Eve Generation. Not afraid to be naked in truth and beauty. The makeup and dress-up are nice to enhance what is already there, but to see women (and men) who leave God’s presence glowing in a heavenly haze of His light are far more appealing!