The beauty of earth is everywhere. Most days we are too busy to notice. We need beauty, all of us. A man who spent his life seeking the beauty of earth, John Muir, once said, “Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.”
Some places on earth have concentrated beauty. We make parks of places with lavish beauty. In these places everything causes a wow.
We were in one of those places recently. We had spent much of the day hiking. We were surrounded by beauty. We had agreed to one last hike, to a bog. Along the way was a lake lined with white and red pine. Not very wide, it was framed with the green of conifers. The soft breeze created a mirror on the lake surface. Clusters of cirrus clouds drifted overhead. The afternoon sun light was dispersed by the white wispy clouds above.
It never registered that my eyes were witnessing a magnificent panorama. Carrying a camera to record beauty, I took 5 photos. Not once did it occur to me how much beauty was in the viewfinder before me. I was distracted by our agenda and I was getting tired.
The surprise came when the memory card went into the computer. The photo surprised me: beauty captured! There was beauty in symmetry; in clouds and pines reflected on still water. There was beauty in the image below and the one above. The entire forest and lake scene washed in cloud diffused afternoon light.
Yes, beauty can be made by human hands. In a painting, a sculpture, a building, and in a photo. However, human creativity never equals the beauty found in the earth. A Sovereign God never needs a do over. His work is perfect-every time.
His splendor was clear that day. It took a photo for me to see it.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;”