I know the calendar reads fall, but here in these here parts, in the great state of North Carolina, we are rocking 90 degree weather. Hey, I’m not complaining, I love warm weather, however, I desired my nail polish to reflect autumn. I chose the color brown, to remind me of the foliage. Yet when the technician brought the jar of powder for my nails, it was purple. She asked, “You want purple, right?” I responded, “Well, I actually wanted brown.” We checked the sample color and compared it to the number on the jar. Perfect match. She said, “It doesn’t look like it will be brown.” I agreed, “It would be amazing if it turns out brown.” She asked if I wanted to try, and I said, “What do I have to loose?” As she powdered the first of my nails, sure as the calendar reads fall, the result actually manifested as brown. We smiled at each other, feeling as though we’d defied the odds. The more coats she added, the more beautiful the brown that emerged. Both pleased with the outcome, I requested the technician, Kim, to take a photo of my nails beside the jar of powder. The Holy Spirit began speaking and gently nudged me to remember that one never knows what is on the inside until one tries. Listen, if I were in church I could literally take my seat because that statement alone would have preached. LOL! However, just in case you are a bit hard headed, like me, I’ll go on a little further.
I know our parents told us growing up that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but ain’t nobody ever told the enemy that. For some reason, that joker wants us to get caught up, concerning ourselves with what is happening around us, what’s happening on the outside. Be it job, home, church, other people, he wants us to become so inundated with perception that we loose our focus on the lover of our soul who resides on the inside. If we are not careful, we begin to accept the lies of the enemy, forgetting about the reservoir that runs deep on the inside. II Corinthians 4:16-18 affirms, “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
Now, I’m not saying my nail polish will last forever (that would be amazing), but this promise from God most certainly will. We have a methodology that is tried and true. We can consistently through prayer, worship, reading the Word and communing with God, build enough of God within that we pay less attention to what things appear to be on the outside. God is the author of the set up, and He does His best work when it appears that all hope is gone. You see, that is exactly the posture He desires, for us to relinquish our “said” power and influence to Him. On the outside, it may appear that we are ill, hurt, under qualified, underprepared, uncertain and perhaps even unhappy. Yet, 1 John 3:2, reminds us, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. What we shall be. Marinate on that each time what you see on the outside does not align with what you know on the inside.It may be necessary to say aloud to yourself (and others), and particularly to the enemy each time something doesn’t seem quite right on the outside, “It doth not yet appear!”
Whatever you are attempting to do, or afraid to do, because you fear you don’t have what it takes, may you remember the parable of the polish. People may underestimate you by looking at you from the outside, but don’t you end the story there. Pay attention and lean into the cues that are occurring within. God is always performing an inside job. And ain’t nobody made but the devil.