Do you dare search for beauty? The kind that is found in the morning sky just as dawn breaks open revealing all its light and splendor. Or the kind found at dusk as the last light blinks one more time across the sky. We see beauty with our eyes and admire what is displayed before us. But what about the times the beauty is not evident? Do we explore further to uncover the hidden attractiveness inside or allow it to reveal itself as our eyes adjust to what promises lie below the surface?

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Beauty shows up in the most unlikely places. God created the landscapes of the world in varied hues and textures. The outward beauty shows up in dry, dusty flatlands or in lush, green rolling hills. Sparse and simple illustrates beauty as well as majestic and complex.

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Beauty is not always evident at first glance or might not be seen when looking from the outside in. What I might see as beautiful could very well not appeal to you at all. But I am learning that God only creates beautiful things. In His eyes all of creation is majestic and beautiful to behold. Spending a week in Nicaragua taught me that beauty is everywhere. It is in its people, the dry, dusty landscape and in the love and smiles that were as clear as day.

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Sometimes beauty takes time to evolve to be fully revealed. The rising of the sun is the perfect slow dance of beauty revealing itself in slow motion. Each piece of the sunrise becomes part of the whole sun as it shows itself in full above the horizon, but not until it is exactly the right time. God knows when the time is right to share the allure of a landscape or the beauty of a loving heart. He takes each little detail and creates a patchwork quilt of intersecting lives and connecting stories. He shows each of us what our eyes cannot always see until we step into His story to let the transformation take place. God invites us into His story as a way to open our eyes to the beauty of His creation. He challenges us in a way that feels overwhelming, but ultimately allows us to become key characters in the story that He is writing for each of us. That is how God showed me beauty in Nicaragua. He wrote me into the story of the Nicaraguans just for a week and allowed me to see an exquisiteness that I have never experienced before. Open eyes led to an open mind which then opened my heart to the most alluring and captivating story I have ever experienced.

How does God open your eyes to beauty and invite you into His story to participate in something you have never experienced before?

God’s word for reflection:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessings of grace along the way!

Mary

 

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