25 Jun Beauty’s Invitation
The very nature of beauty invites our spirits to respond. It’s meant to capture our attention and draw us towards.
In the very beginning of the Bible we see God creating beauty. Even before it produced any good thing on its own or did what it was commanded, God continued to bless His creation, saying each new part was very good. Beauty is an outward reflection of His character and nature. Beauty is where He put us to experience intimate life and friendship with Him.
Our human hearts long to experience beauty and intimacy in its fullness. Our spirits leap as light passes through mist, illuminating it into life. Our hearts are moved by the depth of a melody as it dances with the sweetness of the sounds encompassing it. How strongly we long to touch and experience the mysterious beauty of one another. These are all reflections of how desperately each heart longs to reunite fully to the Source of beauty Himself! We were never meant to live apart from beauty.
It’s easy to become used to the monotony of our everyday and to lose value for things that are seemingly useless. After all, beauty doesn’t provide something we can necessarily touch or keep and perhaps it seems a bit extravagant. We can numb ourselves and grow hard to the temporary beauty surrounding us but the very nature of beauty invites our spirits to respond. When we open our eyes to beauty there is risk and there is pain. The sunset upon a day will never happen again; the bouquet of flowers will wither before a week’s end. The sweetest memories from our past bring pain not because they were bad, but because they were beautiful and our hearts have been crafted to experience beauty that is lasting.
Will you open your heart to the risk and pain of beauty and allow it to move you towards God? Now we catch glimpses, slivers of light poking through the veil, but one day we will be reunited with beauty forever.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV
Amanda Stangland (Media Team Member)