Our Father is a lover of beauty. A beauty that I believe far transcends even the magic of this world. C.S. Lewis said,
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
The word “satisfy.” I often thought that if I saw this, if I went there, if I bought this, if I made this, I would be content. Happy. Fulfilled.
But I wasn’t.
Having gazed upon the Alps of Switzerland, the emerald waters of the Caribbean, the glorious cathedrals of antiquity– yes– those moments of beauty transcended this temporary world. For a moment, I no longer felt a citizen of earth, but of that place eternal embedded into my very sinew, my soul. However, experiences– however beautiful, are not enough. Possessions, however, valuable, are not enough. They were never enough. Beauty without Truth is not enough to heal us, to satisfy our souls. The Truth is that nobody or nothing can fulfill us as our Creator can. Our spirits can abound in His goodness and our lives can overflow with “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–. . . excellent or praiseworthy” (Phil. 4:8). We can dwell in Him. Relying on Him as the very root of our lives is the only way we will be whole. Abiding in Him is the only way we will flourish.
The fabric of our lives was woven in a different realm, one that we cannot fathom, imagine, or dream. Beauty is reflection of God most High, His creativity, intelligence, brilliance, and His capacity to thrill us and satisfy our hearts beyond our wildest dreams.