It’s important simply to stop and take in the beauty of God’s creation. There’s a whole lot of beauty to be found if we take the time. Some of it is spectacular, like Yosemite Valley. The first time I saw it I was rendered speechless. Other beauty is close at hand, like a newborn baby or a fantastically colored butterfly. If one takes the time to look, there’s a never-ending supply.
We need beauty to be reminded that the ugliness is our world is a condition of brokenness. Beauty is what He originally created. God so much loved his Creation that the seventh and last day of Creation was spent by God looking at it and loving it.
Sin broke down that perfection, but it didn’t end beauty altogether. First, God provided forgiveness for sin through His son, Jesus. Our acceptance and faith in that begins to erase the wrong and builds us up for beauty. I believe in being realistic about sin, especially our own. But seeking His forgiveness creates a new connection to beauty. I believe that Christians, of all people, should seek to see, enjoy, and produce beautiful things.
This reminds us that forgiveness should really change us, renew us, and make us feel confident in God’s love for each one of us.
And why worry…if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:29b