No Rose Fears Judgement
Allowing ourselves to be beautiful has a lot to do with becoming comfortable being seen and not afraid of judgement. For many years, being seen has elicited fear within me; fear of judgement, of being mocked, and then crushed. But look at the flowers. No flower self-protects.
A rose might have thorns, but she never hides her face or form. She unfurls no matter what judgement, good or bad, may come her way. She’s impervious to others’ oohs-and-awes when they take notice, and just as unaffected by their complete disregard. She opens in all her unique glory regardless of her reception. She blooms because blooming is what she was meant to do.
She comes into being in an unvisited field where no human eye will ever see her, just as timely on the trellis of a highly trafficked arboretum. Either way, attention or no attention, she blooms because blooming always begins with a bursting from within.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
Why would we choose to hide in clothes vs. choosing clothes that suit our bodies well? Let us not hide. Let us speak the truth in love even when the truth may initially hurt those we value. We must rest their approval and future love in the hands of God. Let us lay out our differing opinions out logically and clearly, for all to understand easily, without shuddering in the fear of rejection. For our salt and light may be needed more desperately than our coveted source of approval. Let our deep emotions be known through gentle tears and our compassion through the work of our hands or the sound of our voice over the long distance that a phone call can break. Let us be ourselves without fear of judgement. For if you are woman, you are already beautiful.
You wouldn’t hide your light under a bushel, would you?
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 NIV