What You See vs What You Get

Last week, former Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand passed away from the complications of her attempted suicide two days prior.

Here is a link to the CNN article about Allemand’s death: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/14/showbiz/gia-allemand-obit/index.html

What strikes me about this tragedy is the discprepancy between a person’s outside and inside reality. On the outside, Allemand was a beautiful, young, smiling, and successful individual. Yet, she was lost enough on the inside to motivate her to hang herself in her home.

So often “what you see is what you get” doesn’t seem true. Some of the most evil persons seem to have the most fruitful lives; while the seemingly “good” die young. I studied psychology in college, but still find myself returning to God’s Word as my foundation for who people are, what they want, and why they do what they do. Even though I try to discover the motives behind someone’s actions, I realize I can only see that far: to their actions. But, I’m so glad God looks farther. The Bible says in 1 Samual 16:7,

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 

Not only does God look at the heart, but He has placed His word in our lives as a penetrating sword, “dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”Even when I think I have it figured out, I’m reminded through tragedies like the death of Gia Allemand that I am easily fooled by appearances. Thankfully, God is not. I’m also reminded that while others may change and promenade as things they’re not, God is fully transparent and honest: He will never deceive anyone. God is truth and God never changes!

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

-James 1:17


Rachel Bailey
I began my internship with Vision of Hope in January 2013. In my current understanding of God’s will for my life, I am pursuing wisdom and experience to one day work with women with eating disorders. My desire is to plant my feet in truth, while reaching my arms as far as I can toward the broken and hurting. With God’s help and guidance, I hope to become a godly woman and counselor to provide Truth-based counsel rather than “evidenced-based practice.” My life verse is Ecclesiastes 5:7 which says, “For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God."