Little Girl Lost

27 Aug

Oh, girl, you sure have people talking.

I didn’t watch your performance Sunday night. But I’ve seen the pictures and short video clips.  And that was enough to know the shocking choices you made have angered parents, stunned your entertainment peers, and given social media lots to chat about.

There is so much I could say. So. Much.

But I’m sure you have heard it all by now.  And perhaps it was the reaction you expected, even craved.

But as I look at this picture of your beautiful Hannah Montana days, my heart hurts for your innocence lost. Because really, in so many ways, you are still a child.

Responsible for your actions and behavior?  Absolutely.  Sadly, you will have to answer the “what were you thinking” question for years to come.

But now the lights are down, the music has died, and the audience will quickly move on to something else to feed its insatiable appetite for scandal.  But I wonder, in your quiet moments alone…

What are you thinking today?

You wanted to be remembered, but do you have regrets?

You wanted to be adored, but do you feel rejected?

You wanted to create a buzz, but are you now feeling anxious and overwhelmed from chasing a mirage of glory?

You are the talk of millions, but are you lonely?

You seem so confident and strong, but does that mask fear and desperation?

Fame can be intoxicating. It offers the illusion of a carefree life, filled with adoration and wealth and power. Once it started to slip away even in the slightest degree, perhaps you were left feeling used and rejected.  What a horrible lie to be fed at such an early, vulnerable age. I can see how, without wise mentors and people looking out for your best interest, this may have driven you to think you could shock people into not forgetting you.

I have no idea if you are feeling euphoria over the attention or crashing into despair because of the negative, angry response.  Both are harmful.  And will lead you further down a path of disillusionment and self-destruction.

Because, Miley, evil is out to consume each of us.  It seeks to steal life and purpose.  It is not satisfied with just killing us spiritually and physically.  It wants to completely destroy us.

Evil never meets us half way.

Never gives an inch.

Never compromises.

Is never satisfied.

Evil’s influence won a battle, but does not have to win your life.

Because you, Miley Cyrus, were created in the image of God.  The Designer of the universe knew you before you were born.  And wants more than anything…anything!…for you to know Him.

He loves you, girl. Sent His son Jesus to give his life for you, to redeem you from this wicked and perverse generation.

And talk about being loved and lavished upon!  There is nothing in life that can compare to the riches and treasures He has for His daughters!

He will always remember you.

He will always be devoted to and protect you.

He will always calm your fears and satisfy your need.

He will never leave you.

He will give you godly confidence and strength.

Yes, your sins were on large screen and in full display. But they are no greater than mine in God’s eyes.

For no life is too dark, no secret too deep, no offense too wide, to keep God from loving you and wanting to give you a life with true purpose.

Miley, you will never be beyond His reach.

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6 Responses to “Little Girl Lost”

  1. Melissa August 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Love this Beth. Full of truth and grace…that is why I’m thankful to have you as a friend.

    • Hearts Unfold August 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      You are an amazing encourager to me, M. Love you bunches!

  2. Denita Williams August 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Beth these are true words you have written that comes from the Heart. Thank you – from a mother with a daughter i feel really sad for Miley and to all of those who see her as a role model. Thanks for sharing. Love you. Denita

    • Hearts Unfold August 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      God’s grace so is beautiful, D. Thank you for all you mean to me.

  3. lbtaylor August 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Beth as I read this, I prayed this blog might find it’s way, in this great big world, right into Miley’s news feed. My heart mirrors yours. What are we teaching our children to run after? Blessings on you!

    • Hearts Unfold August 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      I have prayed someone will tenderly speak truth and grace and love to her. Her dad’s drummer lived very close to us (the Cyrus family is from same area I am) so I have felt a very slight connection to them. We are all in need of beautiful grace of God. Love you my friend!

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