Welcome! Each day during the month of October I am writing on the topic of discovering true beauty. Please join in with me on this journey. Also, please feel free to share these posts during the month of October with family and friends on the many social media outlets. I appreciate you taking the time to do so.
The Beautiful Ordinary
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
She leans over her windowsill and carefully counts twelve new blooms as I braid her long, blond hair. Deep purple petals spread out from the tiniest yellow centers. Every morning, she sings over them. The song varies day to day, but it’s usually one she’s made up on her own. I tell her that her voice will help her plant grow. I’m not even sure if that’s true, but my mom told me something similar, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It seems like something worth passing on.
When I was her age I had an African violet, too. I lived in Africa, so I mistakenly assumed they were indigenous. I had no idea this common plant was so ordinary. All I could see was beauty in this thing I nurtured. I was a quiet girl, so I often wonder if my mom’s suggestion to speak to my plant was a disguised effort to coax my voice out of hiding. My mom taught me much more than how to care for a plant; she taught me to embrace the beautiful ordinary by watching God move in the small moments of life.
Jesus rescued the world by becoming human and small. He came to where we are, yet He never stopped being God. He was fully God and also fully man. Beautiful Savior fused with ordinary carpenter. Do we notice the beautiful ordinary? Do we recognize Jesus here with us? Have we considered that God placed eternity within us?
Tucked away inside the smallest, most ordinary occurrence is a beautiful God making Himself known.
A child held tight in her mother’s embrace reminds us that God protects and nurtures. Gentle tears rolling down soft cheeks reflect the vulnerability in His desire for relationship. The widow who clings to her faith helps us remember that He is strong in our weakness. The swollen belly of a woman who’s waited for a miracle marks God’s sovereignty and delight for life. A small circle of women with hands joined and heads bowed in prayer demonstrates His presence and unity. A bride fully clothed in white reminds us that we are awaiting an eternal wedding celebration; it reminds us that Jesus is coming back for us. And isn’t that the culmination of beauty anyway? To propel us straight into the arms of Jesus?
True beauty uses the temporary to usher us towards eternity.
My mom, whether she knew it or not, taught me that words bring life. Made in the image of a God who spoke creation into being, I reflect His character as Jesus lives and breathes within me. Words heal, encourage, even restore. But God’s Word brings life everlasting. His words are eternal and true. My girl who sings to flowers reflects the true beauty of the One whose words will remain long after those vibrant flowers fade away. It’s a beautiful representation of how God sings over us.
We cannot yet see the complete beauty of God nor can we fully understand the mystery of God, but buried deep within our hearts is a longing for the eternal. God placed this desire within us knowing that it could never be fully satisfied outside of Him. We desire what is true, and we long for that which lasts. Our hearts were destined for beauty. The God who created every beautiful thing designed a simple plan that would keep bringing us back to His heart.
When we pause to notice the beautiful ordinary, we end up discovering God.
Daily moments become brief glimpses of glory. May we accept God’s invitation to experience Him in everyday ordinary ways, even as He is making us all beautiful one day at a time.
~By Kelly Sobieski~
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About Kelly Sobieski
The Sobieski Crew is about finding meaning in the mundane, hope in the shadows. It’s a space to sit with the confusing questions and wrestle the difficult ones. It’s an invitation to explore a love beyond your deepest why. It’s a place to come when you need to be reminded that you are loved. Check out more of Kelly and her writing at: The Sobieski Crew.