I believe we are learning in this COVID-19 crisis what essentials and non-essentials really are. I know that any woman seeking the Lord daily, such as myself, will finally understand the difference. I have found that the things in my life which I thought were vitally important were not important at all. For example, I honestly thought my makeup was an essential need. Well, I’ve not worn makeup for 3 weeks now, and for the first time in over 30 years, I haven’t worn nail polish either. After all of these decades of covering myself up with products, I’m getting used to seeing my bare skin in the mirror. Even more importantly, the health of my skin and nails are improving. I can also see how the cost of our expenditures will decrease substantially, knowing these are certainly things that I can live without. It is so easy for us as women to get caught up in vanity, and many of us have fallen into this trap … hook, line, and sinker.
Many of us are pressured to think that being just like the pictures in the magazines defines us as the ultimate picture of femininity. Slowly but surely, we have become brainwashed, and have idolized these kinds of women that are presenting a superficial beauty, which God speaks against. Unfortunately, many of our husbands have been cast under this spell too.
Now, I’m not mentioning this to condemn any husband that enjoys his wife, who wants to enhance her natural beauty. However, many women are hiding underneath globs of makeup and fake nails to hide something inside of themselves. I used to be this kind of woman too, and I believe that the depicted idea of glamour on the cover of magazines exploits this kind of woman who believes she needs to uphold this image. Inevitably, she is more likely to end up spending more money than she has on the fake promises of most of these products.
For many of us, there are even more underlying issues that are making us feel badly about ourselves, such as negating to deal with the sin in our own lives. As we deny our iniquities, we avoid addressing what God wants us to. This is more than likely making us feel ugly on the inside … but no matter what we do, no amount of makeup is ever going to cover up a woman’s broken heart and soul. She must above all things, remember to adorn herself with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God, (1 Peter 3:4).