I’m Thankful for Cellulite

Food for Life, Love, and Looks (Woman Alive, 1974)

As you look at the picture above, what are you thinking?

When I found it, I was drawn to the look on her face.  That is not the look of someone who likes what they see.  They are evaluating- and finding things below expectations.

So, why am I thankful for cellulite?

Thankful for physical imperfections?

Blemishes?

Scars?

When I look at these things now, I think of one thing-redemption.

My physical imperfections are reminders of my other imperfections- selfishness, pride, impatience, anger…

They remind me that no matter how much I seek to minimize or hide the imperfections, the truth is still under there.

The clothes that fit just right might hide it.

Paint a pretty picture.

But underneath, the truth remains- I have imperfections.

I might put on a “good face,” try to appear all put together.

But inside I could be falling apart.

And no matter how hard we fight it- we are wasting away- aging- we are dust.

The Girl in The Mirror

God sees our heart and knows the number of our days. 

We can’t hide from Him.

And on days like today- I say- thank you God.

Thank you for truly seeing me and still loving me.  For doing more than any other has done- or ever will do- to prove your love.

Thank you for not leaving me this way- but promising me glory- full redemption- a recapturing of what was lost.

Thank you for not shaming me for my failings and weakness- but embracing me just as I am– blemishes and all.

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

In our culture we try to perfect our outer appearance.

Surgeries.

Workouts, Diets…

Endless hours battling for what others have labeled “perfection.”

Our scars tell stories- those without and within.

They serve as a testimony of the life we have lived.  Do they point to God?

Do all of our strivings have at their root a desire to be connected to the source of all good that can be found in this life?

Laughing Tz'utuhil Maya Girl with traje, huipil, at a school in Panabaj, Guatemala

Rest in God today.  In love that knows no bounds or limits.

Dwell continually with our Savior and God- draw strength from our Rock and Redeemer.

Contemplate how God sees you today- forget this world and all the people in it.

He treasures you as His child.  He longs to heal and restore us- to bring us eternal joy- can we trust Him in this life?

Believe in His goodness when the clouds gather.

Remember our God who loves us and pursues us–  He sent His Son to die for us- and continues to woo us.

Turn to Him and run into His arms.

Embrace your imperfections- they remind us that we don’t have to live this life alone.

We have God with us.  The Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  Jesus Christ, our intercessor.  God, our Father and Lord.

Let Him love you today- just as you are-scarred and bloody- weary and worn- fearful and doubting.

He knows your heart.

Let Him in.

Lord, sometimes we don’t know how to let you love us.  To give the hurt over to you.  All the wounds- feeling we are not enough.  Wishing we looked different, acted different- sometimes just longing to be invisible.  Heal us from the wounds that other people words and actions have left.  May we feel your love covering all the scars and blemishes inside and out.  Make us new.  Restore joy in our hearts and lives- may the words and actions of others that seek to wound us prove ineffective.  May their attacks be blocked by our complete rest and trust in how you see us.  We are redeemed.  We belong to you.  May we cling to you as we walk through our day- that the things of earth would grow dim- in the light of your Glory and Grace.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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27 Responses to I’m Thankful for Cellulite

  1. So thankful for a God who sees my imperfections (inside & out) and loves me just the same! Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

  2. (Visiting for the first time from The Better Mom and Raising Arrows)

    I love this statement: “Embrace your imperfections- they remind us that we don’t have to live this life alone.” Embracing my imperfections has been a life-long struggle. So thankful He’s loved me through it all!!

    Enjoyed my time here.

  3. This. Is. Awesome. Needed it today. So thankful I found you on the “Pause on the Path” link up. Be blessed, sister!

    • Rachel says:

      I am so glad you stopped by Sharita! All Praise and Glory to our God. He is faithful. The peace of Christ be with you.

  4. Marissa says:

    So true, the answers are right in front of us, in God we will be made perfect and yet we try over and over to do it ourselves. Society can really hurt our egos by pulling us away from our hearts desire. Thank you for this, I really loved it!

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you for sharing Marissa. So true- we do try to do it ourselves- over and over. Thank you God for your Grace! So glad you stopped by. God bless you.

  5. Lori says:

    Rachel, I wrote a post once entitled “Scars and our Salvation.” In it, I shared that I’m thankful that when God saved me, he didn’t remove all the evidence of my past life. That while he washed me clean, forgave me, and put a new song in my mouth, I still carry reminders of who I was before he found me, and that’s a good thing. Like you so eloquently wrote, it inspired gratitude and promotes humility. May we never forget who we were before he saved us. So glad I visited from Be not Weary today.

    • Rachel says:

      Lori- thank you for sharing your heart. Yes- all these things can serve as reminders of our need for a Savior. We are so blessed when we live in submission to Him! I will definitely be reading your post. God bless you!

  6. Jasmine says:

    Thank you for linking up to Domestically Divine.

    I appreciate your sharing your heart.

  7. Mary Beth says:

    When I first read your title, I thought of my stretch marks from my pregnancy. At first, I hated them. But now, they are a reminder of what God brought me through and the beautiful gift he gave me.

  8. Denise says:

    Such an inspiring post, bless you.

  9. Kristen says:

    What wonderful thoughts! It is good to be reminded.

  10. Rachel, Nice to meet you. I’m stopping by from Shanda’s blog hop. Thanks for the attention-grabbing title and the content here that reminds us of God’s deep love for us, and his delight in us, flaws and all. :)

    Blessings,
    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

    • Rachel says:

      So glad you stopped by Jennifer! Yes, this was a post that my hubby laughed at when he saw the title- then he read it and he said- I love it. :) So thankful for all God is teaching me in this season. Our God is so good- humbled and grateful for His many blessings. God bless you.

  11. Sherri says:

    Fantastic post and an amazing reminder. It is so easy to get caught up in the outward appearances. Thank you for reminding me that is not what it is about.

  12. Sara says:

    I am so glad I landed on your blog today. I was thoroughly blessed with the words God placed on your heart. :)

  13. Ashley says:

    I loved this post! Great perspective & reminder! :)

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