There is a REALITY called BEAUTY, yet TANGLED to say the least. Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet there are some things which are beautiful to all who behold them.
People can be beautiful, animals can be beautiful, and nature can be beautiful. It would be true to say that every aspect of God’s creation possessed beauty to some degree in the sea, on the land and in the sky.
The outward beauty of a person changes from culture to culture because of specific focuses of that culture, but a persons inward beauty, their love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, seems to be prized in most places, and it is precious to God.
In 1 Peter 3:3-4 it says this: “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
But could we go so far as to agree with God that “everything is beautiful”?
In Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 Solomon says the following about “beauty”
“I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end”.
“Everything Beautiful?” this comes after a list of times to laugh and mourn, to tear and repair, to love and hate, to go to war and make peace, to embrace and refrain. In it’s right time everything is Beautiful! So in beauty there is the aspect of time.
“Beauty” often gets tangled by selfish desire. From the beginning God created everything . . . good and very good, but sin brought the “fall of perfect”. The fall tangled beauty into a lust. That uncontrolled desire for the possessions of others. Beauty became a consumable good to be bought and sold, a possession to be guarded, and a desire for which to to steal, kill and destroy. “Ugly” was born when beauty was worshipped.
Beauty though not to be worshipped, can and should call our attention to the artist who created all that is truly beautiful. Beautiful creatures, people, plants, sunsets, snowstorms and mountains connect us to creator God.
Beauty can not be defined, it is beyond a belief. It is a tangle reality to embrace, without being able to discover its beginning or end. Beauty is new everyday, yet it must be respected, protected, and rightly desired. To ignore beauty is to ignore God, but to invite beauty to become part of our daily “TANGLED REALITY” stimulates a deeper love for God, humanity, yourself and all that God said was good.