In the not too distant past I have read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge and Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. I am now reading The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldredge. I intend to read most of his/their books. My loyal readers know that I have been doing a self-directed study of femininity and masculinity for a couple of years now. These books are a part of that.
The poem below was inspired by these works. Captivating maintains that the central question of a woman's heart is "Am I beautiful?" The idea is that while the man is the rough, warrior side of the image of God, that the woman is the beauty side of God. We are meant to engage others in God through our beauty. Since I know how difficult this particular issue is in my own heart and mind, I tend to believe that the beauty premise is true. While the natural inclination will be for the reader to assume that this poem is written about a man, the fact of the matter is, it's written about my relationship with God. There are things in my other relationships that point me back to Him and to the way He sees me, and it is true that I am more capable of seeing His hand at work in my life, when my other relationships are working properly. Here it is:
The Warrior and the Beauty
In dreams the Warrior came to me.
He’d whisper in my ear;
His strength was big, his heart was strong,
His power drew me near.
I wondered who I was to him
And why he ever came,
For I was nothing special then
No one to take a name.
But in my mind, my Warrior stood
So handsome sleek and strong,
And in my heart, he softly wooed
And brought to me a song.
The Beauty that I longed to be
He recognized before.
He loved in me the things I sought,
Though having them in store.
And as I learned my Warrior’s love
The Beauty in me grew
Until I learned that it was I,
And it was then I knew
That what my Warrior saw in me
Had been there all along,
And what his strength inspired in me
Was my own Beauty’s song.
So now the Warrior, with his queen,
The Beauty, measures free
The love they share; for from now on,
His Beauty will be me.