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“Wow. He is really ugly.”
“His head is too small for his body”…. “He is really homely”…. “Why is his skin so pink? He almost looks like he has pig in him.”
The comments kept coming as the day progressed.
Finally I got out my cell. “Hon, I have a feeling Roscoe isn’t going anywhere soon. So…just a heads-up.”
I looked down at my foster dog on my lap. At 40 lbs., he didn’t understand that he was pushing it as a lap dog. It was his very favorite place to be. Any lap was fine with him.
Caught up in all the chaos of the foster animal meet-and-greet adoption event, I didn’t have much time to think. But, later when I did, it made me sad. I realized that despite all the people that passed by Roscoe, there was not one inquiry into his temperament or personality. Not one passerby noticed his happily wagging tail, asked how loyal he was, or recognized, despite the chaos that ensued around him, that he was still able to show love.
Although I was sad by this realization, I couldn’t be angry. Hadn't I “judged a book by its cover” at times, only to be appalled at myself later when I got to know that person and discover that I had it all wrong? Or to later learn the value of those qualities that initially rubbed me wrong?
Judging others by their outward appearance or initial traits isn’t anything new.
In I Samuel 16, God told Samuel to stop mourning the loss of Saul and get up and anoint His people’s future leader. When Samuel arrived at his God-given destination, the first man he saw was Eliab. Eliab had the looks of Matthew McConaughey and the abs and presence of Joe Manganiello. He immediately thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” (vs. 6)
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (vs. 7)
And therein lies our problem. We favor cute over cuddly...okay, in actuality we want both! But, just take a look at the latest covers on the magazine stand and it's pretty easy to spot; we esteem good looks over a good heart.
What God was trying to teach Samuel, and is still trying to teach us today, is that though there is nothing wrong with having six-pack abs like Eliab's, when it comes to choosing, God will choose a man after His own heart every time.
Yes! God is more concerned with where our heart is at than what we look like on the outside. He keeps His eyes open for hearts that seek after him (Psalm 52:2 and Jeremiah 29:12), that love Him (1st Corinthians 8:3), hearts that recognize their need of His holiness and purity (Psalm 51:10,17 and Romans 5:8). Hearts that love even when chaos ensues around them. Hearts that are loyal to His till the end. Hearts that wag happy and joy-filled despite being overlooked by others, because they know they are loved by the One who made them!
Thank you, Lord, that you do not write us off so quickly! Please give us a heart like Yours!