There is an area on our property that was previously semi-maintained that I’m letting turn into a meadow to see how it does. Perhaps invasive plants will take over and I’ll have to mow it eventually, but for now, an astonishing array of wildflowers have exploded into a lovely volunteer garden. There has been so much ugliness in the news recently that I feel the need to fix my mind on the beauty in the world that our God created for our enjoyment.
The heavens are the Lord‘s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. (Psalm 115:16)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
It is amazing to think that this beautiful earth we dwell upon is actually just a shadow of the beauty of the world to come:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
The days may be ugly and evil, but let us choose to think about the beauty that we can find in this shadow land and understand that it points to the incomparably greater beauty we will one day behold when we dwell on the new earth under Christ’s eternal reign. He is the true alpha and omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!