I liken it to a “parachute of words” falling from above and landing in my mind. It doesn’t happen often, which makes it more special. Here’s a most recent occurrence: My personal and spiritual growth is the palette from which I add color and beauty to my marriage. A beautiful wedding is fairly easy to create, especially when a wedding planner is on board. A beautiful marriage however, one that will radiate for decades, requires ongoing artistic expression. The artist’s palette does not come prepackaged nor does it run on autopilot. The principle is one of “development and release.”
The ultimate Artist of course, is God. All of creation gives proof: nature, the animal kingdom, stars, planets, and the wonderful miracle of the human body. It all comes from within the heart of God and it wasn’t learned. On the other hand, we humans are “junior artists.” Every person, Christian or not, was made in the image of God. Thus we all create from being “sourced in God.” There is an artist’s palette within every person, each having what it takes to contribute in a creative way.
“The Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious…Your eyes will see the King in His beauty.” Isa. 4:2 33:17 It’s actually rare to hear teaching in your average church on the personality of God, which transcends mere cognitive reflection. True, we must begin there, but then we must become “miners” that go deep into the mountain to extract the gold. Viewing God as beautiful is an essential attribute of knowing Him. Over nearly forty years of marriage, I’ve found this to be true: The more beautiful God looks to me, the more beautiful my spouse looks to me.
Personally, I don’t often visit an art gallery because the vast majority of what’s on display, doesn’t interest me. Thankfully, Anne and I have similar tastes in art. On our honeymoon, we stayed in a quaint little city called Niagara on the Lake, in Canada. A local artist, Trisha Romance, had an art gallery there. From her artist’s palette, she creates warm and inviting paintings focused on home and family. The perception of beauty is subjective. What one person finds beautiful, another may not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes.
God as Beholder
God is the “Beholder”, and He sees you and me as beautiful and wonderful.