Then we decided to watch a movie, and date night went down hill. Mr. Hippie had gotten a good recommendation for Snow White and the Huntsmen from one of his employees. (I'll never go on S's recommendation again.) It was weird. It was disturbing. It was intense. And I was freaked out the entire time. Here's the thing. I don't do fanciful-intense well at all. I can dismiss Harry Potter, or action flicks, because they aren't real. But a lot of sci-fi or fanciful is too real for me. And I have a hard time letting it go. This seemed rather evil. And I was scared. There was magic, and creepiness, and weird fairy things. It was weird. Have I said that yet?
I should point out that Snow White has never been my favorite Disney flick. I like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. We had seen the previews for Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. I remember remarking to Mr. Hippie that I would like to see Mirror, Mirror. I also remember remarking that I didn't think Snow White and the Huntsmen was going to be my thing. I like Julia Roberts. Mirror, Mirror seems like it is lighter and funnier. Snow White and the Huntsman seems like it incorporated a lot of the scarier elements of the Disney movie without the lightness. They made it realistic. I don't know how else to describe it.
Regardless, the point of this post is not to review the movie.
I was hit three different times yesterday with the idea of what true beauty is. Twice it was on blogs, and the final time it was through this movie.
Ravenna was beautiful. (Charlize Theron) Snow White was beautiful. Ravenna was manipulating, powerful, selfish, and scary. Snow White's mom told her that she had been gifted with great beauty, and then she said, "in here"-pointing to Snow White's heart. Ravenna was outwardly beautiful. No one would deny that. But she wanted no one to rival her beauty. She literally sucked the beauty out of any girl who came close to rivaling her. She used her beauty as a weapon, and couldn't allow beauty in others.
Beauty is a topic on all women's hearts. I have blogged about it before in Real Women Have.... We are fed a line that beauty is being a size 0 or 2. No wrinkles. No lumps or bumps. No gray hair. No baby bellies.
Beauty is fading. Beauty should be more than skin deep. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty can be a snare. Beauty can be a burden. Beauty can be a blessing.
But, the fact of the matter is, while the world looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart.
Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain. But a woman who fears the Lord-she shall be praised. The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is of inestimable value in God's sight. Outward adoring doesn't cut it in book. Several times we are told to worship God in the beauty of holiness.
What is truly beautiful?
God thinks holiness is beautiful. Holiness is being separated from sin and evil. Being pure. There is something fundamentally beautiful about purity. Think of freshly fallen snow. That's beautiful. This reminds me of Philippians 4:8-whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praise worthy-think about such things.
Esther was beautiful. You totally get that reading her book. But, what drew people to her? Was it her beauty? I think it was more than that. I think it was her spirit. You get the feeling that she was kind and considerate. That she put others and their welfare before her own. And it was beautiful.
We can't insulate our kids from the cruelness of our outward beauty obsessed culture. We can teach them to accept everyone, no matter how they look. We can love on our kids, and affirm them. Affirm their character. Affirm their uniqueness.
Just like Snow White told Ravenna, "you can't have my heart," so we can tell the world that. Our culture isn't going to define me and my beauty. God has my heart, and He has already spoken to it.
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So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty. For He is thy Lord, and worship thou Him. Psalm 45:11
This is true beauty. The fairest of them all...