There is beauty in this world, if you will just look for it.
Of course, it is always relative for each of us, the man who finds it at the river’s edge or on the lake may not see it in the eyes of a kitten. Those who enjoy mountain vistas may not see that same beauty on the seashore, but for each of us, even if it is only in our mind, we can find beauty and peace in certain moments in our life. “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11)
To those of you who are born-again, there is a day coming when you will see the epitome of beauty, the day that you first see the Lord Jesus Christ with your own eyes, and at that moment, if you will, one of your first thoughts might be, “Why was I ever worried, why did I ever doubt.”
We need rest from the turmoils of life, from the continuous barrage of evil, from the frustrations that come with being one of the chosen amongst a planet of those who are not. We need to see righteousness occasionally so we can get our bearings back.
Do you have a place you can go, whether it be in reality or in your mind, do you know where to find that occasional glimpse of beauty, and thereby the peace that comes with it? You should, we all should, or we may become hardened, seeing only the unrighteousness continuously will do that to a person. The Song of Solomon in the Scriptures is a good place to find that beauty, it speaks of eternal love, the love of everyone who knows Jesus Christ as Lord. When Isaac first laid eyes on Rebekah, when the Lord said, “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.” (Luke 19:5) Joy, laughter, beauty, peace, it can still be found by us.
We must not tarry long at the table of the world’s woes, too much knowledge of the unrighteousness of it can make us callous, can in a way harden our hearts, and to a degree I believe that is one of the reasons we find ourselves in the days we live in, the beginnings of sorrows. How else could one describe Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The love of many grows colder as they continue to watch iniquity abounding, for they feel they can do little about it.
On a large scale that is probably true, one person will not likely affect nearly eight billion, but we can perhaps for one person at a time. You have probably met that person, the one whose nearly every sentence is about some new distressing event going on in the world, and if you are not careful, you will also find yourself searching out those signs of the coming days of Jacob’s Troubles, and if there is one thing I believe I can guarantee you, those things will begin to trouble you. The frustrations will grow within you, the callousness will begin to grow on your heart, and the love that has been given to you may begin to grow cold.
There is beauty out there, the Lord will show it to you if you ask Him to, and in those moments, you will find rest for your soul, if even for only a few moments.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)
Do not get trapped by Satan’s ploy of fear, of trepidation, of impending doom, we know what is approaching, we can see the darts as they are flung at us, that is what you have your shield for.
There is beauty all around us, even on this cursed earth, even in these days of great sorrow, all you need to do is ask Him to show it to you. Rest there for a moment, but not too long, you have work to do, you have a battle to return to. Where we are going there is eternal beauty and peace, joy beyond comprehension.