When you think of God, what comes to mind? His goodness? His power? His love? Maybe it’s His mercy or unending grace. I’ll admit, those are some of the first things that pop into my mind. But one of the things I love most about God is something I often forget to acknowledge Him for. His beauty.
For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
Psalm 100:5 (MSG)
For God is sheer beauty. I haven’t been able to get that part out of my mind since I read it. There is something so simple and yet so outstanding about those words. As I reflected on those five words throughout the day, I realized how much of God’s beauty I miss in my everyday life. And friends, His beauty is all around us.
It’s easy to see the magnificence of the mountains as we scan them from left to right, admiring the work God created. It’s easy to see God’s beauty when we dip our toes into the warm ocean water and look out as far as our little eyes can see to the unending waves in the distance. We are overflowing with the goodness and beauty of God when a nurse comes and puts a precious little one on our chest for the first time and those sweet little eyes look up at us.
In every one of these situations, I have felt my heart was going to explode from taking in God’s beauty. It was so in my face that I couldn’t deny it. I felt utterly amazed by Him and it’s easy to see the beauty of God during those times. But what about the times when it’s not so easy to see the beauty around us?
Let me tell you, I’ve been so encouraged lately by verses just like this one. I want to see the beauty and holiness of God in the day to day. I want to see the beauty of God when things aren’t so easy and life is messy. Can I let you in on a little secret I’ve learned?
To see the beauty of God really means to acknowledge His presence around us.
A lot of us tend to automatically think about nature when we think of God’s beauty. But it doesn’t always come in the form of nature and in seeing beautiful sunsets or the colors of the seasons. He is everywhere. In the movement of the wind. In the morning sunrise. In the compassion and grace we extend to others. In the laughter shared between friends. His beauty surrounds us every day.
Once I really thought about it. I realized there was so much of my everyday life that I wasn’t giving God the credit and praise for. There was so much of His beauty around me that I wasn’t acknowledging. So I made a list of things that I found beauty in. Here are some of the things on my list:
My husband’s patience.
My daughters laugh and smile.
The trees outside my work window.
Solace in my time with Jesus.
When strangers say hello.
Going to a job I love.
The cool autumn breeze.
A warm bed to sleep in every night.
My mother’s thoughtfulness.
When believers unite for a common purpose.
Being able to freely worship God.
Jesus’ compassion for the broken.
Some of these things may seem trivial or simple, but they are a reflection of God’s beauty and His goodness in my own life. What is on your list? I want to encourage you today to look for God’s beauty around you. Have you been missing it? It’s easy for us to take for granted the things that we get used to seeing every day. But friend, let me remind you of these precious words: For God is sheer beauty.
Powerful. All-Mighty. Just. Gracious. Merciful. Eternal. Holy. Beautiful. Don’t miss His beauty today.
How do you see beauty in the everyday?
What would be on your list of things that you find beauty in?