Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Proverbs 31:30 NLT
I recently finished reading “Looking for Lovely” by Annie F. Downs and I’m here to say it is a MUST read! Something interesting happened when I finished the book: God has revealed even more of Himself to me through the simple conduit of beauty. When I say beauty I’m not necessarily talking about the physical manifestation of it. I am referring more toward things like reading a book, taking a walk on a warm day, or even spending quiet time with Him in the morning. You’d be amazed how much He reveals to us through the simplest things but we have to be open to the fact that our perspective WILL change a bit during the process.
I’ll give you a personal example:
In my Art class at the beginning of the semester my instructor told us we’d be responsible for completing an artistic project of some sort. (I’m being genuinely honest with you when I say that I am not artistic at all, in the literal sense of the word. I can’t draw, sculpt, or paint anything whatsoever.) And so begins the endless possibility trails in my mind of what I could do for the project (that excluded writing by the way.)
Kori, one of my good friends who is clearly more artistic than myself suggested that I try crayon art. (She has done it quite a few times before so I knew she wouldn’t lead me astray J) And she was totally CORRECT! My final product turned out beautifully and I couldn’t be more pleased.
It was in this most unexpected moment that I learned something so profound from God. We are all in search of beauty or lovely in the words of Annie. But why? What is it about beauty that we crave? Whether it’s a sunset, seeing two of your very best friends get married in the same year, or a breathtaking view of the beach. No matter what lens we see beauty through its purpose remains the same: Beauty was created to reflect God! People. Words. Trees. Weddings. Oceans. Music.
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
2 Corinthians 3:18 New Living Translation
This truth can certainly shift our perspective once we start doing our best in understanding it. I know I’ve found the same thing to be true in various seasons and situations throughout my life. Sometimes I’ll see evidence of His beauty in my friends, family, or when I’m listening to worship music. Another essential component in seeing His beauty, I think is to simply ask Him to show you and trust me He will every. single. time. It’s something for which I’ll be forever grateful!
Now it’s your turn.
Where do you see His beauty?
Has it ever stopped you dead in your tracks? To the point where you’re rendered speechless and in awe of our Creator? (If it hasn’t happened yet, in His timing in will.)
God’s beauty can be difficult to see at times especially when we try seeing that beauty in ourselves. (I find this to be exponentially true for women.) In those dark moments of doubt and depression is where the truth from Jeremiah 1:5 becomes a distant reality within the depths of our soul:
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
I feel as though we find God’s beauty in the most unexpected situations. At least that’s been true for me. God uses those memories or realities to remind us of Himself. That He is still on the throne. On our side. He wants His best for our lives.
I absolutely ADORE that about Him.
Let me leave you with a few of David’s words from Psalm 27:4-5:
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
New Living Translation
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