Sometimes I become so busy and self-absorbed that I forget the beauty of the people I care about. I forget the beauty and respect that I have for my husband. I miss the beauty and strength that I see in my sister. I overlook the beauty and the joy I feel for my son. And I see through the beauty and wisdom of my friend.
Worst of all, I close my eyes to the beauty and majesty that exists in God. But I am reminded. I am reminded by a song on the radio, the words of a believer and the glory of the sun-touched bay that God is beautiful. He is beautiful and He has created everything in this world to be beautiful. I close my eyes in shame and plead for God to forgive my insolence.
How could I have forgotten Your beauty? How could I have forgotten Your Majesty? How could I forgotten Your love? I pray that God reminds me every moment of His beauty. I pray that He reminds me of my husband’s beauty, of my sister’s beauty, of my friend’s beauty, of the stranger’s beauty, of my enemy’s beauty and of my own beauty.
God is beautiful and His creation is no less lovely. I want to be able to separate the sin from His creation and see the beauty that exists underneath. I want my focus to be seen through the lens of God’s magnificence, so that all that I see will be valuable to me. I am blessed to be a part of God’s splendor, and I do not want to live life with my eyes shaded by the ugliness of sin.
Though I will never fully understand fullness of God’s beauty, I pray that I can experiences glimpses of it and never forget the awe I feel to be in His presence, living in His creation and forming relationships with His people.
“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
– Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV)
“Father, help me to see past my sinful nature so I may be surrounded by Your perfect creation. I want to see the beauty in the people that you lovingly made and willingly sacrificed Yourself for. Bring to my mind the people I have taken for granted and show me their beauty, starting with…”
Alisa Hope Wagner