"Thou art beautiful, O my love..."
There is something about beauty that absolutely captivates us. It can be a sunset, a painting, or a seemingly flawless individual. Regardless of what catches our gaze, our eyes were created to be drawn to beauty.
We have all heard the phrase that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What catches my eye may not have the same effect on you, and vice versa. I saw a headline this morning while getting on my computer about a celebrity's beauty. We are fascinated with how someone looks to the point that they are in constant spotlight...just so we can celebrate their appearance.
Don't get me wrong, I am quick to acknowledge that someone's appearance is "beautiful". I see it as a talent from the Lord, like with Esther. Some are given such beauty that it amazes me. With that said, ponder with me why this is the topic I feel drawn to this morning. Looks can create a star, can stir jealousy, and can be used to charm people. If we live by sight, then all that glitters will truly seem like gold to us. But we are not to live by sight...
As I read in Psalm 27 this morning of the "one thing" David asked of the Lord, of course part of his request was to "gaze on the beauty of the Lord." I want to stare at the majestic beauty of my Lord. I want my eyes to finally see Him, and then to never take my eyes off of Him once I do.
The beauty of the Lord...I cannot help but think of how Christ was described while in His flesh form.
"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him."
Nothing in His appearance drew people to Him. Why? Why wasn't His the most beautiful flesh form that His Father could have given Him? Probably because it would have been human nature for people to follow Him just because of that. Beauty can draw others, but when true Beauty steps onto the scene...it isn't found in facial features.
Lord, I want to spend my life trying to achieve true beauty... Your love manifested through me. I want there to be less and less of me, so that more and more of You shines through and draws others to Your light. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Song of Solomon 6:4
2 Corinthians 5:7