What comes to mind when you think about that which is beautiful; an incredible sunset, a well- built building, a manicured landscape, students dressed up for the prom, rolling hills, a detailed painting, an amazing bridge, incredible photography, the intricate design and brilliant colors of a flower, the amazing taste of some new foods on your foodie adventure, that accomplished athlete revealing the magnificence of their abilities, or a well-crafted automobile (duel quads, high-rise manifold, huge scoop out the top, plenty of power or that sleek German engineering)?
Maybe your idea of beauty is your bride walking down the aisle, or your husband being that man you always dreamed of, or that young mother all aglow with-child, or a child in full grin as they take their first steps. Maybe it’s that older couple taking a walk in the park as you see him gently reach out his hand and grasp hers. Since Mother’s day is this Sunday, maybe your idea of beauty is mom in all her sacrificial love and the way she has her mom-ing on. Make no mistake, there is beauty all around us.
Yet beauty can be so subjective. As the phrase says, ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ Beauty can also be deceptive like the hemlock plant that is very pretty, but very poisonous. So being that beauty can be subjective and deceptive, do these realities make beauty useless? If so, what value is there in stopping and smelling the flowers, taking a moment and enjoying your little girl’s twirl in her beautiful dress, pulling over and taking in the view, waking up early and pausing to catch the sunrise, or making the time to soak in the sunset. So why behold beauty?
It has been said that to know beauty is to know God. This does ring true because all creation reflects their Creator, for the beauty we see stems from the beauty of our Creator and we know that Jesus is our Creator God.
Colossians 1:15-17 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
God makes beautiful things, just look around you. Can you see His beauty? Look up at night and join the psalmist…
Psalms 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
Look in the mirror, not just the rear view mirror or one of those pocket size ones to check out if you have something stuck in your teeth. Find one of those full body mirrors and soak in one of God’s masterpieces. Come on now, give it a try. Check you out, an image bearer of Almighty God! You reflect the very image of your Creator, and He makes beautiful things!
Psalm 139:13-14 For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
You see, beauty is a good thing to dwell on. Even King David of the Bible said this…
Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in his temple.
To gaze is to take time to notice, to soak it in, to behold and fix our attention on. That was David’s one desire. Maybe we too should take a few moments out of our day and give some regard to beauty, and give praise to God that He makes beautiful things. You may even find that it expands your view of God and enhances your spiritual growth.
Gazing on the Beauty of the Lord with you,
P.S. If you happen to be in the Cypress area this Sunday, we are going expand on this notion to behold beauty as we celebrate the beauty of mom. I would love to see your beautiful face there.