I love that—“Beauty is God’s handwriting.”
It comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I haven’t been able to discover if it’s part of a larger poem, but the context is this wonderful reminder to us:
“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.”
Beauty is one of the realities of life that convinces me to believe in a loving Creator who made us in His image.
Our ability to appreciate it sets us apart from every other created thing (except maybe the angels…I think they love it too!).
And if God’s implanted the love of beauty in our souls, it means He loves it too, since He created us in His image.
We only have to look around us to see the truth of that.
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.”
– Psalm 19:1-2
The frenzied pace of our lives and the daily anxieties that try to fill up our minds tend to choke out, not only the “seed”…God’s word (Matthew 13:22)…but beauty too.
I like what Johann Wolfgang van Goethe wrote:
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry,
and see a fine picture every day of his life,
in order that worldly cares may not obliterate
the sense of the beautiful which God has
implanted in the human soul.”
I’ll add to that—we should get outside and hear the music of the natural world too. Water, the wind, the birds, crickets.
And see the beauty in the creation around us from God—wild flowers, a lake, the woods, the clouds, a sunset, our favorite animals.
Don’t you find that being confronted by beauty gives you a sense of fulfillment? Of amazement? A kind of joy that seems to come up from deep inside somewhere?
Take a little time today, tomorrow, every day…to look for, to recognize the many beauties around you…
“…and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.”
(PHOTOS: Top: fall color in Minnesota; Middle: bunchberry flower; Bottom: sunrise)
Sharon is the founder and publisher of Active Outdoor Women. She loves getting outside in beautiful places to hike, paddle, camp, snowshoe, ski, ride—and encouraging others to come along! Besides maintaining AOW and her other website, Twin Cities Outdoors, Sharon writes and designs websites, newsletters, blogs, emails, books and other marketing tools for clients.