You Don’t Look Like It

Your face reflects your heart. It often does. You can oftentimes see in the face of a person if he is truly happy. There are times too that a person smiles yet you sense that something is still missing even when his grin seems to stretch from end to end. When a person tries his best to hide his sadness, still a part of it can be seen in his face. The face is a teller of secrets. Of course, there are people who gained expertise in portraying a good face even in pain or suffering. There are persons who perfected the art of appearing strong and at bliss even when the heart is aching. But more often than not, the facial expression is a good teller of what is inside of a person. It shows a tell-tale sign of what is going on. Thus, facial expressions are very important when we are in social circles and conduct of business. It is equally important in nurturing love and affection in any relationship as with the husband or wife or the family as a whole.

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but an aching heart breaks the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:13 (WEB)

Your face should reflect God’s truth. What is this truth? The truth of His gracious, loving, and great presence in the life of those who follow Him and experience His blessings. The truth as the Scripture says that His wisdom and understanding are unfathomable and that He works for good to all those that love Him. It does not literally mean that every child of God should possess physical beauty and attributes according to the worldly standards. It means that you naturally project an outward sense of these truths in His Word.

While growing in the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I have often encountered persons who are just so beautiful to look at. I do not mean they look like the ones we see on magazine covers and models we see in TVs. They do not look like them in any way but they look better. They have this sense of peace and joy so obviously reflected in their faces. They have quiet ways of going about their business. Their faces always have that joyful countenance and sense of peace that we rarely see in others. Even when they don’t smile, they wear it in their eyes and in the way they go about with their work. And when I stop to think about it, I remember, I always conclude that these people must have the joy and peace of the Lord in them.

Just recently, a close friend who knew of my current situation and problem, commented that I don’t look like I am actually carrying a huge problem. I felt happy with her observation because it is the truth. I actually told her, “It is because God is faithful”. Yes, it is true. I don’t look like it because I do not carry my burden alone. Jesus carries my burden. I don’t look like a hopeless person because deep inside my heart I don’t feel that my problem now is a hopeless case. And, I do not credit that to any optimism on my own. I give credit and I boast upon the Lord Jesus Christ because He gives me peace. And, I guess, it just shows. Instead of the problem and its weight being reflected in my face, it is the peace and joy in the Lord that show. It does because God fills my heart with joy and peace not because I am good or I am such an optimistic person. The truth is I am quite an emotional person. I easily cry, I can easily get discouraged, and I easily feel disheartened over setbacks. But this time, I sensed God’s hand of grace and care embrace me and my family. I believe He has His great plan for us for His love is great and His plans are good.

When you have God’s joy and peace in you, it shows. You may actually be unconscious of this but others around can see and they see the difference. God’s peace that is beyond our understanding is the one that guards our heart. When our heart is guarded by the peace of God, it just naturally shows in our face. There is an outflow of the peace which others can see. I believe, followers of the Lord Jesus don’t look it. They don’t look as their problems look. They don’t look as their sufferings look. They don’t look as what their hardships look. No, they don’t. They look like persons who are “planted by the streams of water that yields fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither” (Psalm 1:3). They look like persons who are not shaken (Psalm 16:8, Psalm 62:2). They look like persons who are confident in God (Psalm 23:1). They look like persons who have the peace of God (John 14:27).

“In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (WEB)

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.” – John 14:27 (WEB)

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

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