The best reflection of God’s beauty is not in the world around us, wonderful as that is, but rather in the people around us, the image of God in flesh and blood. Beauty incarnate. People are image-bearers of God; we are reflections of our Creator. Incomplete representations, but image-bearers nonetheless.
You and I and the people around us are as close as we will get to seeing Jesus, God in the flesh. Somehow, someway, God incorporated His likeness into our beings—bodies, souls and spirits. That image has been marred and warped, but it has not been destroyed entirely.
And at times, the reflection is so brilliant we see The Beauty in whose image we were created.
Some of the clearest glimpses of God come through babies and children, whose delight and joy spill over onto everyone around them. Which is why videos of laughing babies, like this one, gather over 85 million views.
Clearly, the human heart is drawn laughing babies. Why?
Jesus calls to us through joy and delight. Because not only are they gifts from God, they are incarnate manifestations of God’s beauty, of God’s very being.
Baby Micah reflects the beauty of God’s joy. But he is not the only one. You and I, watching, captivated by his laughter, reflect the beauty of God’s goodness, the generous heart of a Father who lavishes us with good gifts and loves to see them enjoyed, who rejoices in another's happiness.
The Holy Spirit calls to us through many forms, from glorious mountains to Micah’s giggles, all revealing something of God’s Beauty.
What reflections of the divine are you most likely to notice in people?
Would you like to see more?
How can you remind yourself to be on the lookout for them, in others and in yourself?