Hey y’all! Random question of the day: How do you feel about cheese and broccoli soup?
Today’s sermon was on Psalm 104 and the poetic beauty that was, is, Creation. It’s quite the feeling to hear about God’s handiwork in creating everything in powerful, resounding words from your pastor, and then walk out and see such gorgeous scenery surrounding you, even when everything green is hibernating for winter.
I’ve been re-reading “Uncompromising” by Hannah Farver a little bit recently. Today I read the chapter about The Beauty Cause. Hannah makes the point that scissors are beautiful because they work as their Creator intended them to, and also that “We are not valued because we win beauty contests but because God made us. Every freckle, hair, and mole was created by God for a reason– if only for His pleasure.” (pg 76)
I’m thinking about that; the trees, the sunsets, the nasty bugs that swarm around our lights in the summer– they are all there for His pleasure!
I’m thinking about what makes God grin. Does he smile at the way He created me the same way I smile when I am pleased with a skirt that comes out the way I envisioned? Does He giggle with happiness over each sunset like I do when I see them? Does He take delight at the crunching leaves, the possible coyote attack, and the fresh air of a walk like I do? (Not technically, but you know…) His pleasure must be so great!
I’m thinking about how I love it when something works like it’s supposed to (unlike our van this morning…). Everything has a purpose, and usually a beautifully practical one at that, as Psalm 104 suggests: “He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.” That’s such picture!
So, beauty. In the spirit of trying to deliberately learn what makes something objectively beautiful, here are our “Principles of design”:
Rhythm: An outfit of gray, red, and black, with black as every-other color. Easy way to have rhythm! 😛
Color: Achromatic, (meaning without color) with a pop of red.
Proportion: Simple outfit, with simple accessories. Nothing’s too oversized, but just big enough to have an impact on the look.
Emphasis: The V neckline of my shirt brings your eye up to my face, while my earrings frame my cheeks. There’s a tiny emphasis with my belt on the smallest part of my waist, but it’s not too emphasized because it’s actually not incredibly flattering. 😛
Unity: All the textures of my various pieces are of the “nice enough for church” list, and agree with each other. Satin, tight sweater knit, leather, linen, and suede. 🙂
So, what’s your definition of beauty? Do you tend to think of it more as how practical something is, how pleasing to the eye, how it “feels”, or all of the above? Do we need a more rounded view where beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder? In the words of Pooh Bear, “Thinkthinkthink” 😉