Monday, November 28, 2011

More than meets the eye.

Since I was a child I've heard of frankincense as one of the most precious oils, which is why it was gifted to Jesus, along with incense and myrrh. When I started working in the health industry, I noticed how expensive the frankincense essential oil was and realized this still was a precious oil.

Just a few days ago, I read an article on the benefits of frankincense and the aromatic attributes. Then it spoke about the tree. I never thought of where this fantastic oil came from, only that it was. Well, this amazingly precious oil comes from one of the ugliest trees in the desert.

It has prickly thorns exuding from the branches and looks dried up. From all appearances, this tree looks invaluable, yet it contains one of most desired and valuable oils in all the earth: frankincense.

The second I saw that tree, a million cliches came to mind:
  • True beauty is skin deep
  • Never judge anything by appearances
  • True beauty is on the inside
  • It's the inside, not the outside that counts
  • Things aren't always what they seem
  • There's more than meets the eye...
You get the picture. Just because something (or someone) doesn't look the way we want it to or the way we think it should, never underestimate the importance of what lies beneath the surface.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

God is...

When life is uncertain, God is not
When our power is limited, God's is limitless
While our hope may be fragile, God is hope himself