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Outward Appearances


God doesn't care what we look like. 
He will bless us regardless.

When Amber Riley was slated to perform on the 17th Season of Dancing With the Stars, people were surprised.

They were taken off guard, because Amber didn't look like any of the previous female winners. The previous winners looked like the traditional run-of-the-mill type winners. They were svelte, slender, and had bodies similar to seasoned dancers. They were the norm, the usual, the standard.

But, Amber wasn't. She was what could be classified as overweight, clinically obese, or unfit.

Yet she won.

How did that happen?

In the natural scheme of things, Amber was a hard worker. She practiced relentlessly and probably had something to proof to herself, to the judges, and to the audience who were judging her based on the way she looked. It was clear she was different than previous winners. That was obvious. Yet, she defied the odds. She refused to give up and as time went on she started to believe she could win. Each day she became stronger and when she got out on that dance floor, she let all of the previous doubt and fear, go. She left it all on the floor. She had given her all and it paid off. She became the victor. I loved watching her transformation. It was inspiring.

In the supernatural scheme of things, God was at work for Amber. You see, it doesn't matter what anyone thinks, He is no respecter of persons, which means it didn't matter whether people thought she should have won or not. He looks after all people and we don't decide who deserves what. None of us can tell who He is going to bless or when, where, why, what, and how He will do it. Looking a certain way does not faze God. Why would a masterpiece He created bother Him? That makes no sense. He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf and He tends to set a table1 before those who said it couldn't, shouldn't or wouldn't be done. He will shut the mouths of lions2 in a minute.

He knows what is possible and He knows how He will use each and everyone of us. Other than that, we must continue to practice, become stronger, and when it's time for us to strut on that floor like Amber, that will be our time.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter what we look like,3 because the Lord doesn't concern Himself with such matters.


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Footnotes:
1. Psalm 23:5
2. Daniel 6
3. 1 Samuel 16:7

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