There are a lot of incredible things on this earth that God has given us to enjoy. We live in a beautiful world full of gorgeous trees, breathtaking mountains, immense oceans, fabulous sunsets, and so on. Nature is beautiful. Bright, sunny mornings, with the birds singing; and dew sparkling on the grass; are truly a gift from God. It is when we look at the world through the eyes of God that we come to appreciate just how fantastic it is.
“The heavens are telling the glory of God …” Psalm 19:1
We’ve all heard the saying “Stop and smell the flowers., yet we pass by so many glimpses of God’s creation without pausing, even for a moment. We not only miss the opportunity to smell the roses, but we also fail to take in the beauty surrounding us. What if you could fully notice the summer’s green, the winter’s white, and the fall’s array of colors? I also suspect we fail to hear the birds and other wildlife moving about. And what about feeling God’s gentle breeze on our cheek? Instead of enjoying the colorful leaves on the ground, we rake them up as soon as they fall.
I love to walk during my lunch at work and sometimes I walk slowly just to soak anything and everything around me including the movement of my own legs and feet. I remember one walk on my lunch break well. It has just finished raining about an hour before my break and the sky had just cleared up. As I was walking, I happened to look up at the sky and I found myself stopped in my footsteps, mouth wide open, in awe of the majesty of the scenery. The sky seemed like it was the most vibrant blue and it contained the brightest rainbow. I have never seen or experienced anything like that in my life. Turn after turn, I was amazed by God’s ridiculous creativity and His ability to form so much beauty. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must have looked like before the fall. The beauty took away the pain of my rheumatoid as I was walking. I just couldn’t get enough.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 states: He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (ESV)
I remember another time as we were completing our trip home from a family vacation and were nearing our own neighborhood, exhausted and longing for my very own pillow, the sun was setting near my home. And, I almost missed God’s beauty. In what seemed like an instant, I went from soaking up the scenes all around me to longing to simply be home and almost missing a grand sunset. A beautiful God scene that’s possibly a mile from my own house. A scene that has God’s grandeur and beauty yet in a neighborhood I’ve lived in for 15 years. This site I see often was breathtaking and I almost took it for granted. God’s beauty really is all around us, we don’t have to travel across the country or across the globe to see it.
I then was brought back to Genesis 1:25 where God says that the result of the first 5 days of creation was “good.” He didn’t say creation was “very good” until man was created. This verse struck me in a whole new way. The creation of me is “very good” over even the majesty, unbelievable beauty of the world? God said it. It is true. It hit me that my beauty was “very good.”
I must be extraordinarily beautiful in order for God to see me in that way. My desire is to see the beauty of His glory that I display in the way that God sees me. I know that I am missing out. If only I could see the fullness of beauty in myself and in those around me, then I could begin to imagine and start to wrap my head around the beauty of God.
God’s beauty is everywhere; it is in our neighborhoods, in our families, in our work, in our commute, in our churches, in scripture, in you.