Anyone else in the mood to take a drive down winding roads under the beautiful hue of changing leaves? My mother was from East Tennessee and made it a point every October to us back to her hometown so we could take in the beautiful collage of fall colors cascading down the Smokey Mountains. Those beautiful views with the sensation of that cooler Fall air are unforgettable.
Beauty arrests our hearts! Beauty woos us to come closer and enjoy.
I recently read this quote about the Beauty of Christ, “Everything that is lovely in God is in Christ, and everything that is or can be lovely in any man is in him: For he is man as well as God, and he is the holiest, meekest, most humble, and in every way the most excellent man that ever was.”
There is physical beauty but there’s an even deeper more meaningful beauty. It’s the beauty found in pure goodness, displayed by humility, kindness, meekness, gentleness, and love. We have all seen glimpses of it, and felt it melt away the barriers that guard our hearts. Maybe in a parent’s or grandparent’s affection. Above all others though, pure beauty is found in Christ.
Do you focus on the beauty of Christ?
Is there anything more beautiful than He? Look at Him. Yes, He is mighty and powerful, above all authorities. Yes, He calls us to repent of our sins, but the Scriptures say it’s His loving kindness that leads us to repentance. (Rom 2:4) His beauty woos us to come closer and enjoy. To worship and be set free.
If you’re feeling distant from the Lord, like knowing Him is just a ritual of church habits, change course and seek to know Him as beautiful. Mediate on his pure goodness directed at you a sinner through His mercy and grace.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt 11:29