“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.
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?
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?
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.”
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.