Last night, we went to see a live production of Beauty and the Beast. They did an amazing job. When our daughter was young, she loved this movie. She wanted to watch it over and over again. It was good but I really didn’t pay super close attention to it. For anyone that doesn’t know the story, the young girl Belle is pursued by a handsome young man but she is destined to spend the rest of her life with The Beast. I won’t give away the ending in case you want to see the move.
I realized as I watched this last night why our daughter loved it so much. It was an affirmation of what we started teaching her when she was very young. She had to look at someone’s heart not their personal looks. Scripture tells us in I Samuel 16:7 “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Having the parents live with us, I have been able to see their hearts on a daily basis. I knew my parents hearts because I grew up with them. I didn’t know Papaws heart when he came to us but I got to see it over the last 3 1/2 years. He had a very tender heart, a searching heart and a giving heart. He was very responsive to learning more about the Lord and I saw him grow in his faith. We were blessed to have the parents we had. These men were great examples of what our hearts should be like.
Mom has that same wonderful heart. She enjoyed the production with us and we got a great laugh when she came out in her tennis shoes and mink coat. I guess you have to turn 85 to pull that look off but she did it well. It reminded me even more that it wasn’t about what she looked like on the outside it was all about her heart. Her heart shined through last night just like it always does.
Love you Mom!!