The other week the Lord called me to fast. [ Piece a cake, I thought.] Then He said, " From makeup." I said , " Lord , you're kidding.....right? " He wasn't. I said " Not my mascara, Lord , surely not that. Right? " Mascara too. 3 days. Offer it up in reparation for your vanity and that of the world.
Well, I did it folks. Hardly batted an eyelash either [wink].
On a more serious note; the Lord used these three days to heal a deep hurt from my childhood. Spiritually, He showed me why I started wearing makeup in the first place. When I was thirteen or fourteen [shortly after my confirmation] I was brutally beaten up by a school bully. My face was bruised and my eyes were blackened. I had to go to school like this for weeks while my face healed. I became an object of mockery to a gang of kids in the school. We were also poor and I only had 1 pair of pants, which I would scrub in the sink each night and then dry. My shirts were hand-me-downs from my sister and my cousin [they had slight frames , mine was medium]. As you can guess, this gave them more food for the fodder. My maiden name was Dion and kids would yell loudly in the hall, " Hey Dion, wearing the same pants AGAIN?" or with laughter "Where did you get the black eyes!" And on and on. My poor mother had to look upon her child's face bruised and beaten. This precious mother took ten dollars of our food money, which she really couldn't spare and used it to buy me another pair of pants. I would cry when I got home from school. I thought there was something wrong with ME and the way I looked . Soon after that I started wearing makeup a friend's sister had given me. It was like a mask I wore hiding the real me underneath.
During the 3 days that I fasted from makeup , the Lord healed my self-image and showed me how HE saw me. He made me feel beautiful inside and I could feel Him smiling at me. The makeup was just another fig leaf I used to cover the wounds that I should have brought to Him.
I have nothing against makeup, I still wear a little when I feel like it but I don't need it.
Thank you, Lord for healing me.