1 Peter 3:3-4
Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Thought for the Day: Look at nature and at people the way God looks at us.
It is becoming more difficult each day as I walk to find the “perfect” beautiful pictures of trees and the gorgeous change of autumn colors. I have continued walking and each day I make my way to the area where only two weeks ago I saw the most vibrant colors anywhere. As I walked yesterday, I continued looking for beautiful colors but found it was almost impossible. Then, I looked for unusual views or sights that had been hidden as the trees were covered with leaves. As the leaves fell, they gave view to the other beautiful things in God’s nature. In excitement, I saw the unusual shapes of limbs, unusual colors in the leaves that still held on to the branches, beauty in the fallen trees, and beautiful animals as they scurried through the fallen leaves or stood tall on the bare limbs. I saw God’s beauty.
Thinking about the images and how my eye has had to look a different direction to see the beauty in my walk, I have thought about how our lives are similar. There are times we see pure beauty in our family and friends, and we witness God as He speaks through them. Those beautiful colors gained our attention and we stood in awe at their beauty. But what about when the colors fade, what do we see then. If we look closely, what we see under those colors or what we see when the colors change is the true beauty of God. Pure and true love appears when we find ourselves “less than beautiful”, yet God sees us and loves us more. As I walked yesterday, a biker saw me coming out of the path that led to my favorite walk. He said, “Isn’t it beautiful to take pictures up there?” I said, “Not as beautiful as a couple of weeks ago.” As I continued walking, I was disappointed in myself. “Why did I say that?” That was my opportunity to say that I found God’s beauty after the colors faded and the beauty underneath appeared. God made the seasons for us to not only see the obvious beauty but to see beauty in everything. Today, I will look for God’s beauty in everything around me.
Prayer: God, forgive us when we miss what You want us to see because we only look for what we think of as beautiful. Help us look at nature and at people in the way You look at them to see the pure beauty inside. Help us to love in the way You love, seeing us from the inside. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Faded Beauty