Posted: 5/15/17 at 11:08am. Column by Ed Jordan.
Springtime has arrived, and the hills and valleys are full of flowers. Green carpets are beginning to appear, with dazzling and delicately colored flowers decorating them. Who does not take time to stop and smell the rose, or bend down to examine a wildflower? Actually, most of us don’t! Seldom do we pause in our hurried lives to experience the incredible beauty God has created.
The hills are alive with the sights and aromas of flowers. The beauty of nature reflects the beauty of the God who designed and created it all. Nothing says this more than a world full of flowers. Just today I saw roses, huge magnolia flowers on 4- foot trees, ground flowers, and azaleas. Today I purchased some flowers for Mother’s Day which include lilies, tiger lilies, and daisies. Flowers are amazingly beautiful, diverse, and dainty.
The word “beauty” refers to qualities that give pleasure to the senses. The ocean is beautiful and wild flowers are beautiful, as are mountains and mountain streams and starlit skies. Yet all these beautiful things pale in comparison with God, the Creator of all things.
In Psalm 27:4 (ESV) we read: “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: 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 inquire in his temple.” Some of the synonyms for beauty are words like: pleasantness, kindness, delightfulness, and favor.
The world is full of beauty, because it is full of God! It is merely reflecting in small ways the beauty of a great God. Beauty is not merely visual either. Just think of all the varied things associated with beauty: fresh air, sunlight, clouds against a blue sky, mountain lakes, musical arrangements, love, joy, peace, colors, and hues.
Then there are things we eat fresh baked bread, pies, cakes, elegant desserts, main course meals, fruit salads, and unique appetizers. Many things create a beautiful mood such as soft lighting, swaying music, candlelight, the glow of a fireplace, or a cozy room from which to watch snowflakes fall.
People are also full of beauty. Some have beautiful faces, eyes, hair, smiles, manners, courtesy, or mannerisms. Some create beautiful experiences because of all the special things they do. Some are wordsmiths who create beautiful pictures or thoughts or moods within our minds. Some play musical instruments that reach out and burst beauty into our hearts.
The Psalmist said that his top priority was to seek to live in the presence of God all the days of his life, and while there to continually gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. By doing this, he was able to experience the pleasant nature and beauty of God, which made it possible to see beauty everywhere else.
When we see God’s love, we experience the beauty of love.
Whenever we experience God’s peace, we find the delight and calmness of peace.
Whenever we see God’s light radiating from God like the colored prisms of light reflecting off of a diamond, we experience the greatness of God and his beauty, and we realize that our light and beauty pales in comparison to God’s.
In this we experience the beauty of humility, recognizing that God loves us enough to share himself and the whole beauty of his created world with us. We can’t create such beauty as God has created, but we can experience it; and if we are rightly attuned to God, we can share it with God and with others.
Look around you today. Look at the colors—the sophistication of life. Where do you see beauty around you? Where in that beauty do you see traces or starbursts, of God?
One of the best blessings in life is to live in God’s presence, experience him in worship, and delight in the beauty that radiates from him. Once you see and experience God’s beauty, why not radiate God’s beauty to others?