Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful;
For beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,
And thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I've been away. A thousand miles away. In the Rocky peaks of southwestern Montana.
Traveling across varied landscapes has always heightened my senses, both physically and spiritually. The drive through North Dakota alone, with its vast sunflower fields and arid, untamed badlands, initiated that stirring in me.
Then, O the mountains! Majestic. Mighty. Moving me to tears.
It wasn't difficult to spy the fingerprints of God in places such as these. God is in the grandeur. He is grandeur itself. You could hear His name thunder in the roar of a mighty waterfall.
Yet, in the midst of such magnificence, God's handiwork could also be seen in the minutest details.
Sprinkled on every hillside, in every meadow and along every hiking path flowers of every shade, scent and hue elicited a song in my heart that broke forth on my lips. Yes! The hills were truly alive with the sound of music! (Though others along the trail who heard it may not have called it such.)
But, the thing is, you really needn't have to travel to find beauty. Beauty is all around us.
In fact, beauty is in each one of us. I became keenly aware of this as we met folks coming and going on our hikes in the hills. Every man, woman and child we passed, or stopped to chat with, whether they realized it or not, was exquisitely crafted in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27). They were a unique design, a masterpiece of beauty, no less astounding than the mountains, flora and thundering waterfalls around us. Looking into the face of such beauty stunned me.
I pray that the eyes of my heart will remain on heightened alert now that I'm back home. I pray that I will continue to see beauty in every fair face, in every fair (or cloudy!) sky, and in every flower and count them a cup of blessing from the hand of God.
And I pray that for you, too, my friend!
For we are God's handiwork...