If you haven’t read the book “the Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen, you should. The story about a little “duckling” that was laughed at because it was so gawky and “ugly has great analogies in the life of a person.
None of us are born beautiful. We may coo and fuss over little babies, but they make messes, smell funny and can do nothing for themselves. As humans grow, especially during adolescence, a child can be awkward and clumsy. The social graces have not yet been perfected, and many times an adolescent will speak out something that is inappropriate and sometimes even rude. This is how we grow up. It takes time to become graceful and flow effortlessly in society.
A swan, is white and sometimes grey at birth, and take a lot of preening from it’s parents. Swans mate for life and like an elephant, they never forget a kindness or a wrong done against them.
When God is perfecting you in this life, the beginning is never pretty. We have deeply ingrained habits that need to be overcome, relationships we need to change or even get out of if they are detrimental to following Christ. It is not always a gracious and flowing process. god wants to clean us up..to “preen” us and to prepare us for life outside of the nest. Sometimes we resist, thinking we are just fine the way we are. a baby swan leaving the nest too soon, will be attacked and killed easily by other fowl or even snapping turtles. A mature swan is a formidable force. It can attack and defend itself.
When you look at your life, you may find areas that are ugly to you. There may be mental thought patterns you still have that say, “You are not enough!” or “You’re such an idiot!” We may not have all our corners rounded and finished off so that we are a delight to be around. If you have felt that way, you are not alone. Don’t reject yourself, Change is coming!
There was a girl I knew in Jr. High school that looked gawky, wore “cat eye” rimmed glasses and always walked with her head down. The boys would call her not nice names, and she kept to herself…that was in seventh grade. By the time we entered High School, she became a swan. Her gawkiness vanished, her cat eye glasses were replaced by contact lenses. Her hair flowed like a golden mane, and the same boys who poked fun at her all wanted to ask her out on a date. But, remember; Swan’s don’t forget! Not one of those boys, including me, ever got a date! She began “not so lovely” but the swan she was meant to become was inside, and it was biding it’s time until, one day, she floated effortlessly across the lake.
Scripture says, “For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 As you go through life, and grow in you experience and relationship with Jesus, He is refining you, heating the furnace seven times in order for you to be like pure gold.
Be patient while He works on you. Don’t reject your gawkiness or your lack of beauty in areas. It doesn’t matter if it takes a lifetime…the finished work of God will be completed and your time to float across the lake, is coming.
God beautifies with salvation…be patient, submit to the work, don’t resist the lessons God is teaching.