“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” – Eccl. 3:11
We live in a world that is filled with ugliness and desecration all around us. We not only see it with our own eyes, but we hear about it constantly through the media. The greater their focus on the negative aspects of our society, the greater the increase in its presence. At the same time, there is much beauty to behold. There is beauty in our natural surroundings, the grass, flowers, trees, birds, the clouds, sunsets, etc. It’s always there, but we must be willing and observant if we are to find it.
I am been blessed to be in the presence of beautiful people. They are all around me, family and friends. It is a joy to be with them and to see the beauty that radiates from their inner being. To see this beauty, we have to be trained to see through our spiritual eyes as well as our physical eyes. God guided me to a woman who was not only attractive in her outward appearance, but on the inside as well. Love and compassion are evident in her daily walk. We both have gray hair now, but even that can be beautiful.
There is a saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” That statement is largely true, but it tends to place all beauty in a relative perspective. There is absolute beauty that is not dependent upon our individual perception. God made everything beautiful in its time, to include you. You were created in God’s image, and in that image, you are a beautiful person.
Is that beauty reflected in your inner life? What kind of thoughts do you hold? Proverbs tells us that as we think in our hearts, so we are. It also says that as in water, the face reflects the face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. While the world is largely caught up in the importance of outward appearance, God looks at the heart.
Do you see the beauty? It’s there, if you will only look for it.