THE REAL POWER IN BEAUTY IS OUR ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE IT.
By Anna Giattina Lee
April 12, 2014
It’s spring again. And just like the miracle of seeing a baby in the womb of a pregnant women never ceases to amaze me, the transformation that takes place throughout spring overwhelms me with moments of unspeakable joy.
I go to bed in darkness, although sometimes the moon moves through the frames of my 6 windows like a movie in super slow motion. At first, I awake each morning to light flooding through the empty branches of the 50 foot tall trees, lighting my spot on the bed.
But as spring makes it’s way into my heart, the light turns to sparkles and flashes as it makes its way through the dense green leaves and is reflected back, making me feel like I’m inside a crystal looking from the inside out.
The windows are open, and I get to hear the leaves as they gently rustle against their branches and rub across my screens to remind me of their presence. I hear the geese fly over my house with their familiar sounds and I imagine their predictable formation as they make their way over the mountain to the lake a short distance from our home. The birds sing their various songs.
The house is still amazingly quiet and my littlest one, who still sleeps in our room, breaths gently and mumbles in his sleep as the sun does it’s job and gently pries his tiny eyes open. He smiles from ear to ear with his eyes still slightly full of sleep in that sweet way that adds to his innocence. Whether he sees me or not, his first word is always “Nanna,” which he speaks in a raspy small voice that is evidence that he has just woken up.
“I’m here baby,” I say as he looks for my head poking out of my old quilts that I layer to cocoon myself. He climbs out of his bed dragging his blanket behind and comes to join me in bed for some cuddle time before the day begins full force.
These moments are beauty. And when I am aware. When I allow myself to see and feel and hear beauty. When I recognize it for what it is, I am stunned all over again. As if it is the first time I have ever understood beauty.
Why? I ask repeatedly. Why do I have the ability to recognize and appreciate beauty? God you didn’t have to make that possible. But you did.
And then the answer comes in almost the same words every time. “The most incredible thing about beauty is not that we can see it and feel it and hear it. But that God gave us the ability to recognize beauty. To experience it. To appreciate it. To love it. To take pleasure in it. To let it excite us. Motivate us. Enliven us. To make us happy and creative and joyful.”
And my friends, that is a gift. A grand gift from God.
And one that leads us back to Him and His beauty.
Thank you God.
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