“Look at the sky!” I said to my family as we drove along one day.
“Mom always notices the sky,” said one of my kids.
It’s true, I often look at the sky and see beauty—though I didn’t realize I’d made a habit of it until someone pointed it out to me. Some days it’s merely the brilliant blue that attracts my gaze, other times the cloud formations catch my eye. I can’t help sharing my delight. Every once in a while, I see something truly amazing.
Early in the evening, late in July, I drove home along highways 610 and 10, under a spectacular array of clouds. The entire sky was filled with them, piled up like offerings at a flea market, lacking any sense to their arrangement. Some were thick and piled up, others stretched and thin, interspersed with small puffs and curling wisps. Everywhere I turned offered another jumbled formation and layer crowded upon layer.
Along with every possible size and shape, they manifested varied colors. I noticed hues from pale, bluish white to deep, dark gray, with occasional splatters of yellowish taupe or spot of bright white where the sunlight somehow slipped through.
Being the driver, I took no photos that day, nor could I see it all. Each curve of the road brought new wonders. It made my heart feel full with amazement.
We all love beauty, we can all notice beauty. But we do not all delight in the same things. Not because they are not equally wonderful, simply because we are limited creatures who cannot give our attention to the abundance of beauty surrounding us.
This doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the beauty that another sees and points out to us. Rather, we all gravitate to certain items, or experiences, or places which feed our hearts.
Consider the categories of beauty you return to again and again. Leaves? Architecture? Music? Incoming ocean waves? The silky fur of a cat’s cheek? The cool, green smell of a forest?
It’s easy to allow other elements of life to crowd out beauty, even the particular beauty we love. Our souls need beauty, and we are better off when we allow it to nourish and refresh us, even briefly. Beauty feeds our soul like nothing else.
We are made in the image of a beautiful, beauty-loving, beauty-creating God. We are created to enjoy beauty, just as God does.
Beauty Challenge—Find something beautiful every day. Pay attention to the particular beauty your heart loves.
Leave a comment—What particular forms of beauty resonate with your heart?