For consider what he has done—before the foundation of the world he chose us to become, in Christ, his holy and blameless children living within his constant care. Ephesians 1:4
D. A. Benton checked into a five-star hotel to speak for a business group. The next morning, she went through her exercise routine, then decided to see the meeting room. Benton was dressed in sweats and hadn’t touched her face or hair. To her surprise, someone was already in the room. It was the meeting planner who had contracted Benton. This woman had always been professional and friendly on the phone, but she didn’t recognize Benton. “She brusquely brushed past me in the hallway, almost bumping me aside as though she could barely tolerate this less than acceptable individual in her territory.”
Benton still recalls the slight.
We don’t always look our best, but the Lord never brushes past us, bumps us aside, or acts as though He can barely tolerate us. Whatever state we’re in, He listens. If we feel discouraged, He knows. If we feel guilty, we can tell Him—even on bad hair days.
Jesus knows thy sorrow, knows thine ev’ry care;/ knows thy deep contrition, hears thy feeblest prayer.
William O. Cushing
D. A. Benton, Executive Charisma (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2005), 52.