We need, more than ever, to think on beauty. We need to surround ourselves with nature, art, music, literature. We must lift up our hearts and minds to God in His created realm, and the sub-creation of humanity.
Last night, I went to get a massage. This, by the way, is a form of beauty. It is the beauty of the human body, the healing touch, the care for God's creation.
I was so relaxed driving home. I was amidst miles and miles of apple trees, all bursting and burdened with fruit. It was that point in time known as the gloaming: the most magical time of day. And I heard this song:
Lay your head down tonight
Take a rest from the fight
Don’t try to figure it out
Just listen to what I’m whispering to your heart
‘Cause I know this is not
Anything like you thought
The story of your life was gonna be
And it feels like the end has started closing in on you
But it’s just not true
There’s so much of the story that’s still yet to unfold
And this is going to be a glorious unfolding
Just you wait and see and you will be amazed
You’ve just got to believe the story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise God has made to us
And watch this glorious unfolding
(Steven Curtis Chapman, Glorious Unfolding)
Take time this weekend to enjoy the beauty around you. Breathe. Rest your eyes on a piece of art. Read a poem and linger over it. See what glorious unfolding God has in store for you.