I believe that beauty is an attribute, essence and reality that exists in everything God has created. Beauty is because God is. Some would say that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but I disagree to that extent that not everyone “sees” beauty, and yet beauty still exists. What seems to mark the difference between those who see and those who do not is the lens that they choose to look through.
What is difficult to understand as a human is that beauty is not bestowed upon us by the beholder; on the contrary, beauty is inherent in our makeup and bestowed upon us from our Creator, and those who see with His eyes, through His lens validate and celebrated what is already there.
There are those who recognize beauty when they see it but do not know what it is for, so they make that beauty their slave and they imprison what they were attracted to, taking from it instead of protecting, and nurturing it.
If we want to see beauty for what it is and nurture it the way God nurtures us, we must change our lens by putting on His Truth. Our affirmation has to come from what He says about us and what He says about others. We must choose to believe it no matter what other voices say, because if we do not, we will forever wear the broken lens of sin and respond to others accordingly.
There is beauty in the Down Syndrome child. There is beauty in the mangled, distorted face of the missionary with skin cancer, in the woman who has lost both of her breasts to a mastectomy. There can be beauty in a funeral when a life is celebrated and beauty in a wedding. There is beauty in a sunset, and beauty in refrigerator art. There can be beauty in pain if we would dare see with God’s eyes and through His lens.
I think that when we get to heaven, the beauty we behold will be overwhelming because for the first time we will be seeing things from God’s perspective. There may be a moment or two that we realize we missed a lot of beauty in our lifetime because we chose to look through the wrong lens.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.