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The Beauty Behind the Blush

February 25th, 2011 1 comment

I can’t conceive of a better picture to highlight the beauty behind the blush! That’s my beauty, my beloved bride Marion, sitting behind the rosy cheeks of my little blusher, Caroline.

Here’s the point. There would be no princess Caroline apart from the beauty of her Mother. Her beauty is an echo of the beauty of her mother. On the human level, the echo can be traced all the way back to the Original Voice. That, of course, would be the voice of our Creator and King, God.

Every good and perfect gift which we enjoy as humans can be traced back to God, the Source of all that is good. When we are enjoying the gift, it should remind us of the One Who is greater.

I love the way John Eldredge captured this principle in his book, The Sacred Romance:

Indeed, if we will listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We’ve heard it in our favorite music, sensed it at the birth of our first child, been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean. The Romance is even present in times of great personal suffering: the illness of a child, the loss of a marriage, the death of a friend. Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty and adventure.

You see, our amazing God is the Beauty behind the blush. The love, romance, and pleasure we derive from relationships should point us to the One who loves us more than we can imagine. The best of our earthly pleasures are shadows and echoes designed to point us to the Beauty behind the best of earthly blushes.

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Holy Blushes

February 23rd, 2011 3 comments

Blushes aren’t all bad!

Sure, we all have our Rolodex filled with the memories of our most embarrassing moments! We remember when we wet our pants in elementary school, or when we were caught “red handed” in something we shouldn’t be doing. These all fall in the category of “bad blushes.”

But there’s a corresponding column for all the right kind of blushes. Let me explain.

I have been blessed with four beautiful daughters. I still enjoy the home fashion shows. You know the scene. After shopping all afternoon, they burst through the front door with bags bulging with great treasures. Then comes the inspiring speech, much like the President’s State of the Union Address, where I hear the good news of all the money they have saved me!

Next comes from favorite part – the fashion show.

“Dad,’ they ask coyly, ‘Do you like it?” Inside their precious, little princess minds, they are looking for Prince Charming (that would be me for the time being) to affirm the deep desire of their holy, little hearts. They want to hear something every person longs to hear. They want to know…

Am I beautiful?

Am I lovely?

Am I desirable?

You see, I know what’s going on behind the fashion show. My little princess needs to be affirmed by her admiring Daddy. “You look gorgeous!” I gush. “I love it! You make that dress look soooo beautiful!”

I can always tell if I do my job with excellence. I look at the blush on their faces. It’s a blush that says…

I am loved

I am cherished

I am adored

These are the good blushes of life. We all need them. Make someone you love blush today with the joy of knowing how much they are loved!

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Recapturing our Blush

February 21st, 2011 1 comment

Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions?
Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush! (NLT)
Jeremiah 6:15; 8:12

The passage above reveals a lot about God, the Divine Romancer, and the beauty of the blush. We often blush when we’re embarrassed. Sometimes it’s because we’re ashamed or we’ve done something wrong. In moments like these, the rosy flush in our faces reminds us of a moral absolute that has been violated. A healthy conscience points out our infraction. Our bodies respond with a blush, and good hearts respond with humble repentance before God.

Sadly, when a nation loses her ability to blush, it’s a sign that the moral warning system has been systematically dismantled. God’s laws have been repeatedly ignored and trampled. Sin, like leprosy, leaves us jaded, cold-hearted and numb to righteous feelings and holy desires. The numbness begins in our extremities and eventually brings death to our souls.

As you read through the prophets they speak for the Lord in ways that picture Him as a jilted lover. Over and over again His people have broken covenant with Him. Like a cheating spouse, they have rejected His love and turned to counterfeit lovers and one night stands. However, while that behavior is bad enough, the Lord says they have lost their blush altogether.

The prophet Jeremiah reveals the Lord’s broken heart for His people:

“Do you suppose they are embarrassed over this outrage? No, they have no shame. They don’t even know how to blush. There’s no hope for them. They’ve hit bottom and there’s no getting up. As far as I’m concerned, they’re finished.”

How terrifying to reach a place where the Lord’s word over us is , “They’re finished!” It’s time to regain our blush. Are there areas of sin in your life where your heart has grown brazenly cold to God’s voice and brazenly bold in continued acts of rebellion? Does your sin still elicit a blush?