As children, we all learned the story of the ugly duckling that was ridiculed because of the way he looked. He didn’t fit in.
However, at the end of the story, that ugly duckling became a beautiful swan.
God gave Moses directions to use goat hair for construction of the tabernacle, a place where His presence would be.
Now to us, goat hair is not a beautiful thing, because we think of the animal it comes from. We picture dried goat skins covering the tabernacle.
To us, that would be the “ugly duckling”.
But in Exodus when God commanded Moses to use goat hair, He didn’t mention the skin, just the hair.
“You shall also make curtains of goats’ hair to be a tent over the tabernacle…” Exodus 26:7.
It had a greater purpose.
And goat hair must be fairly soft, because even today, it is used to make soft brushes.
There are definitely times that we all feel like the duckling in the story—a person who is ugly and not useful, one who doesn’t have much to give to God besides a broken, shattered life.
But that is not the case. God can use you!
He can use the brokenness and shame to help others. He can use anything in our lives to further His purpose.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a saying that comes to mind when studying these words of God.
We may feel like an ugly book, or an inept, ugly duckling, but God uses ugly ducklings so that He can be glorified!
Look to Him. Let Him be your inner beauty, which reflects itself in outer beauty.
You will no longer be the ugly duckling, but a beautiful, graceful child of the King whom He will use for His glory.
–by Pam Rehbein