Why bother making a building beautiful instead of just functional?
Why bother replacing a pothole with a mosaic instead of cement?
The desires we have to create beauty, as R. Buckminster Fuller expressed, or to replace destruction with beauty, as Jim Bachor is doing, are reflections of the heart of our Creator. God always offers us beauty for the brokenness in our lives.
Speaking of those who are grieving, in Isaiah 61:3, God says He will provide for us “a crown of beauty instead of ashes.” Beauty in place of destruction. Despite all the destruction and death sin has brought to our world, God continues to plan, to promise and to provide beauty for us.
When we are grieving because of death, nothing is right, nothing is good, and nothing makes sense. Yet, during a still, small moment, in the midst of swirling pain, beauty may offer hope and comfort to our soul.
How is this possible?
Beauty offers us a glimpse of God. And there is nothing we need more, in the face of death and destruction, than God Himself.
Whether we offer artwork to random strangers, or wrap our arms around a sorrowing friend, we are expressing the reality of being image-bearers, bringing beauty for ashes, just as God does.
Offer beauty, in efforts large and small, deliberately countering the effects of death and destruction around us. Share about it in the comments.