June 26, 2010

What comes to mind when you hear that word? Is it a magazine cover you just saw? Your Grandma?  Or maybe the rolling hills of the country. The rush of the ocean. Or flowers sent to you when you’re feeling sick.

I catch myself saying “that is beautiful” about a song that delights me, a rainbow, a new recipe that met with success or a brand new baby. Beauty can be seen, heard and felt.

This morning I’ve been reading “Captivating” by Staci Eldredge. I’ve read it before, but decided to pull it off my shelves again. The chapter this morning was on how beauty is the essence of God and how every woman at her core has a beauty to unveil, and desires this. It is who we are. And we want that beauty to be loved and appreciated and pursued, just like God does.

Here are some thoughts from the book to ponder:

“Beauty is the essence of God….Nature is not primarily functional, it is primarily beautiful. We’re so used to evaluating everything (and everyone) by their usefulness that this thought will take a minute or two to dawn on us. Beauty is in and of itself a great and glorious good, something we need in large and daily doses (for our God has seen fit to arrange for this)….”

“God gave Eve a beautiful form and a beautiful spirit. She expresses beauty in both. Better, she expresses beauty simply in who she is. Like God, it is her essence.”

“One of the deepest ways a woman bears the image of God is in her mystery. By ‘mystery’ we don’t mean ‘forever beyond your knowing but ‘something to be explored’…. Just like God, a woman is not a problem to be solved, but a vast wonder to be enjoyed.”

“What does beauty do?
– Beauty speaks. It says “all shall be well”.
– Beauty invites.
– Beauty nourishes.
– Beauty comforts.
– Beauty inspires.
– Beauty is transcendant, our most immediate experience with the eternal.”

“Whatever else it means to be feminine, it is depth and mystery and complexity, with beauty at its very essence. Now, lest despair set in, let us say clearly as we can:
Every woman has a beauty to unveil. Every woman.
Because she bears the image of God. She doesn’t have to conjure it, go get it from a salon, have plastic surgery or breast implants. No, beauty is an essence given to every woman at her creation.”

Wild At Heart (the same book for men) – “The reason a woman wants a beauty to unveil, the reas she asks, “do you delight in me?” is simply that God does as well. God is captivating beauty. As David prays, ‘One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek…that I may….gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.’ Ps 27:4″

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