Thoughts on Beauty & Purpose

“All beauty is only reflection.  And whether I am conscious of it or not, any created thing of which I am amazed, it is the glimpse of His face to which I bow down.  Do I have eyes to see it’s Him and not the thing?”  Ann Voskamp.

Beauty & Purpose // The House of Figs

With all my talk of beauty here lately, my search for beauty, my eyes scanning the images of Instagram, Pinterest, and the big wide world of blogs, this quote from Ann has lodged itself in my brain.  Am I remembering the purpose of it all?  He created beauty.  It all came from Him.  Why does a room with a few glowing lamps feel so inviting?  What is it about symmetry?  Bringing the outdoors in?  Texture, color, contrast?  I know that styles and trends change but there is something universal about it all, isn’t there?

Beauty & Purpose // The House of Figs

Everything here is a shadow, a foretaste, a glimpse in a hazy mirror.  A reflection, like Ann said. When we experience joy, relish in gratitude, happen upon beauty that is so overwhelming, is it not just a reflection of a greater and more fulfilling Beauty?

Beauty & Purpose // The House of Figs

Another inspiration of mine, Christy Nockels, wrote on her website shortly after her home was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, “What a gift to share my home, all to the glory of Jesus. My prayer was that every dot would be connected back to Him…the conversation, the sense of rest, the music I played, the food I served, the laughter, and even our dogs roaming around bringing smiles to everyone’s faces. All of it somehow reflecting the creativity of my Creator.”

Beauty & Purpose // The House of Figs

That’s it, that’s the Beauty & purpose… “every dot connected back to Jesus.”  Lord, may it be so, from the Ikea curtains, to the laundry piles, the gallery walls, and the Saturday morning pancakes.  Every dot.

Thanks for reading, Happy Monday.

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6 Responses to Thoughts on Beauty & Purpose

  1. Stephanie March 16, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    True Story and True and Lovely Thoughts! xo

    • Bethany March 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Thank you, friend. I told Paul last night that’s what you are- my first real bloggy friend!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks for being so welcoming to me.

  2. teriduf March 16, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    I love what you said about things here being a shadow or reflection of a greater Beauty!….makes me think of a bible study I did on the tabernacle (and later the temple)….the beautiful rich colors, the bright gold, the lamps, the symmetry, the fabric textures, the heavy veil…..all reflecting Him….and I do love your picture of those tender plants coming up out of dry seeds, definitely beauty and purpose in new life!… are right about the fact that we need eyes to see it……and I love your eye for beauty!

  3. Christine Rothchild April 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Yes! The laundry in the photo is an exclamation point at the end of your sentence exclaiming authenticity. I love it, thanks.

    • Bethany April 3, 2015 at 7:19 am #

      Thank you, Christine! That means a lot coming from you.

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