Jen shared with me tonight a conversation she and Katey had today. Katey feels slighted at school by one of her little girl-friends. It had come to Mommy’s attention, so Jen wanted to intentionally encourage Katey this morning before school.
“Katey, you are so special. No matter what anyone ever says, you are so precious and beautiful and special.”
“But [so-and-so] doesn’t think so.”
We can all relate, I am sure. Jen went on to ask Katey how it made her feel. Katey’s response and the rest of the conversation went something like this (as best I can remember what Jen told me):
“Sad. It makes me feel sad. And it makes God feel sad, too.”
“For sure. How did you know that,” Mommy asked?
“I just know. I have special eyes and can see that kind of thing.”
Oh, Katey. May you never lose that vision. May you never lose that insight into what God sees. Especially about yourself. May you rest assured in His view of you, in His declaration of your worth (you are worth dying for), and in His perception of your beauty.
I should be in bed. But that conversation stuck with me. I was about to put the computer up and hit the hay, but I just couldn’t let it go. So, I stayed up way too late and put this video together. I put it together not so much for my daughters now, but for the day when their perception of themselves has been clouded by the dark haze of enhanced bodies and touched-up photos causing them to forget their God-given beauty and their declared worth. For the day when Katey may have come to believe that the seen is more real than the unseen. For the day when she no longer looks through the eyes of a little girl.
Katey, Abby, and Ella, please promise me you will watch this again at 13 and 18 and 21 and beyond.
I love you more than life. You are pictures of profound love and unending beauty to me. And you are to your Heavenly Father, as well.
Here’s the video. No sound at first. Just words to read. Then the song and pics kick in. Hope it encourages you and the beauties of our life.