A friend of mine (thanks, Stacy, if you ever see this!!) sent me a media file titled The Invisible Woman. I realized how invisible I've felt at times in my life... and how much of my life I've spent wishing I WAS invisible because I didn't love what I looked like and was so certain nobody else could love what I looked like, either. In both of those cases, I never, not for one moment, escaped the loving gaze of my Father God. He doesn't look upon me because He has to, either, out of some sense of obligation. He looks upon me in total, complete love because He totally and completely loves me, no matter WHAT I look like or how I feel about how I look. Isn't that something?!
Today my husband joined me in attending my water aerobics class, as he sometimes does when he's home for his two weeks off. The folks there are so awesome. It's really a sweet and fun place to spend time. As I was doing the grand new routines one of the physical therapists helped me devise (and she's not even part of the Wellness Center staff, bless her heart!), my husband wades over to me and tells me: You know, with that ponytail and those cheesy Christmas earrings (Okay, they ARE cheesy, but I like them!! They're little dangly gifts wrapped in red, green and gold.), you're kinda cute! Huh? Me?? CUTE??? Mind blowing. For my husband to just blurt something like that out, something spontaneous from his heart, in a pool full of people, knocked my socks off (you know, if I'd have had socks on in the pool). I am so blessed with a husband who is actively involved in my journey into healthier living. He is such a cheerleader for me and his excitement about the changes in my life, in my body is contagious. I thank God for him. I truly do. He often comments on my hard work, my dedication to this great work happening within me. He tells everyone we know how proud he is of me and I just melt every time he does. But to tell me I'm cute? Wow. Just WOW! That did more for my momentum, for my self-esteem than I can express. I'm not invisible to him. And I don't want to be, either. THAT'S a real miracle!
Ever look at someone and think: They sure do look nice today; I like that sweater he has on; she has a new hairstyle and I like it? If so, TELL them. A kind word of genuine affirmation goes a long, long way.
Here's the link for the Invisible Woman clip. I dedicate it to you, my fellow masterpieces, who are ever under the watchful, tender, eye of our loving Father who gazes upon us and says in all truth: It is good.
I love y'all lots and lots.