A desert turned flower-filled field can make a man want to sing (see Monday’s Quote.) Stunning beauty can take our breath away, be it an ocean sunset, a mountaintop view or a newborn baby.
Beauty has another power as well. It can travel to the depth of our sorrow and plant comfort, and eventually hope, within our hearts. We know this instinctively. Yet we seldom stop to think how profound this truth is.
Consider the tradition of sending flowers—beauty—to those who are ill, to those who are grieving. What are we saying when we order an arrangement for a funeral home? We believe that somehow, in some way, a beautiful bouquet will touch a bereaved heart. A person who has just experienced one of the deepest losses imaginable will feel love and comfort through some flowers?
Amazingly, there is truth here if we will open our hearts to it. Life, color, fragrance, even an artful arrangement of flowers, all call to the deep places of our hearts, even those steeped with sorrows.
There is comfort and joy in beauty and life, a power so strong it can call to us and reach us, even in the depths of grief and loss. God has filled this world with beauty for us, knowing the deep magic it contains and the deep need of our hearts.
Will we take the time to sit and allow His beauty to minister to our sorrows?