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Sun, Sep 30 2007 - 03:58 PM

Beauty in the Strangest Things

We just got back from my father-in-laws house where we spent the day.  He has lots of land out in the country down in south Georgia.  He has a cabin out in the woods behind his house where all the hunters start to gather this time of year.  It is in a quiet, laid back little town.

My daughter and I went for a walk and took our digital camera.  She is taking a photography class on-line with her homeschool program.  We set out walking through the trails down into the woods hoping for some good nature shots. 

My daughter took lots of pictures.  As we walked and searched out great shots, I was amused at what we found and described as "pretty".  Just a few examples:  an old piece of rusty farm equipment with flowers growing up around it, an old tattered barn under the huge pecan trees, a broken down fence covered in vines with a few little flowers here and there, a huge spider web, a fallen tree log laying in the grass, a baby pine tree, one gold leave in the midst of the brown pine straw, a field of tiny, yellow flowers that most people would call weeds, some wild berries and a pond with a dock that was rotten and half-missing. My daughter has an artist's eye and she beautifully captured these things in photographs.

Funny how if you were to just describe these things to anyone--as I just did to you now, they don't sound very beautiful at all.  But somehow God's beautifully created and natural environment surrounded these things and made them beautiful in that setting.  My daughter added to the beauty by capturing it on film at just the perfect distance and the perfect angle.

Jesus does the same for us.  None of us are very wonderful or very beautiful compared to Him.   Yet somehow, when surrounded by Him and when abiding in Him and when He is abiding in us, we are beautiful!  We are His to delight in!  He overlooks the rust, the weeds, the rot, the wear and tear.  He captures us at the perfect angle.  He sees the beauty in hearts, our minds, our souls and our physical appearances.  He knows that all the rust, weeds, rot, missing pieces and the wear and tear made us who we are--His prized possessions.  His precious children.  We truly are beautiful to Him.  He longs for our friendship, love and devotion.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11  

Prayer:  Jesus, if we can find beauty in such strange things, I cannot even begin to imagine how beautiful heaven must be! Thank you for loving us despite our rust and weeds.  Thank you for believing we are beautiful and allowing us to see the beauty in things that surround us.  Thank you for preparing a place for us in heaven and for giving us just a taste of heaven occasionally here on Earth. 

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About: I am a married, working mother with 2 children a daughter age 17 and a son age 14. I have a passion for writing and feel led to work with pre-teen girls. I blog mostly about my spiritual journey as I seek God's perfect will for my life.

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