I just spent a weekend with good friends in the Colorado mountains. One of the women went out of her way to welcome us all to the house with beauty. She purchased flowers and arranged them in vases. She planned delicious menus. She surprised us with gifts—travel mugs for our tea and coffee, and a lovely devotional.
She explained how the physical design of the devotional played a part in her selection of it. “If I ever published a book, it would look and feel like this,” she said. The texture of the fabric cover, the navy color on the page edges and the decorative details combined with the contents to create an attractive book in many ways.
So, too, my friend incorporated many elements to express her love and care for us. The beauty she chose conveyed messages to our weary hearts: I care about you; I took thought for your comfort; I wish joy for you. The delight and love she put into the preparations were evident to us all.
The tangible components of her hospitality—gifts and meals and sights and smells—were the channel through which her heart connected to ours. The ultimate message received from her offering of beauty was simple—you are loved.
Isn’t this a true reflection of the heart of our Father God, who loves us and expresses His love by giving us good and perfect gifts? (James 1:17) Not functional, practical gifts given because He must. Not bare, minimum gifts sent from a standpoint of duty. Good, perfect, beautiful gifts from a heart filled with love.
Our Father God is delighted to give us His Kingdom, and we reflect Him when we are delighted to give good and beautiful gifts to others as well. (Luke 12:32)