DayBreaks for 3/03/11 – Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New
Winter isn’t over yet, but where we live it is already turning towards early spring. The almond trees have blossoms on them, the wild yellow mustard has grown up between the rows of vines that dot the hillsides and valley. The blue herons that nest high up in a digger pine at the corner of our property have built their nests and are busily at work to raise up another generation of herons. The grasses are growing and, except for the rainy days, birdsong seems to arise from the air itself.
What an amazingly beautiful natural world we live in! What an awesome God we have who thought to create such wonders! Many have been those who stood and marveled at the things we can perceive with our senses…and how beautiful they are. The Psalmist said, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. A poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins put it in these words: The world is charged with the grandeur of God. Thomas Plunkett noted: I see His blood upon the rose. And St. Augustine was carried away in a rhapsody when he exclaimed: O Beauty ever ancient, ever new!
I have come to believe that I love photography so much because I find in it a way to pursue some of the beauty of His creation…and in so doing I often find myself wondering anew at the beauty of the Creator.
In Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning wrote: As a child, John Henry Newman imagined that behind every flower there lurked an angel who made it grow and blossom. Later in life, as the foremost theologian in England, he wrote, ‘The reality is more profound. It is God Himself who can be discovered in the beauty of sensible things.’
“Those who look beyond the literal see the world as a metaphor for God. When they direct us to the majesty of the mountains, the beauty of the prairies, the variety of wildflowers along the roadside, the smell of mint and hay on a summer morning, the rumble of a train through the valley, the sound of a waterfall, they birth the Word in our midst. They dare us to dream of our homeland, where eye has not seen, neither has ear heart, nor has the imagination conceived of the beauty that awaits us.”
Enjoy His beauty today…look for it, and let Him take your breath away!
PRAYER: Thank You, God, for creating beauty, for being Beautiful in Yourself! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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