Thursday, January 3, 2013

All things beautiful...

 Exquisite.  That was the word on my tongue as I returned from depositing hoodlums into the care and keeping of school staff.  The sun was glinting off frosty rooftops and everything was covered in prickly ice crystals.   I grabbed my camera and hopped out.  Compelled to attempt at capturing the artistry God had painted while I slumbered safe in His care, my shutter click, click, clicked. 

 A thought struck me.  Everything is beautiful, once painted white by the loving hand of God.  Weeds... old wood... mossy patches.  Scraggly rose hips become softened by the icy wrap.  Clumps of pesky weeds become miniature works of art, no two alike.  All covered in white by a master artist. 
 A little like us... we stumble.  We fail.  We break promises. We break relationships.  We overspend.  We give in to guilt.  We lie.  We fake it.  We try too hard.  We embarrass ourselves.  We say too much.  We don't say enough.  We cheat.  We quit.  We walk away.  We cling.  We hold that which doesn't matter too tightly.  We ignore needs.  We don't forgive.  We wound.

And for all of this, the white covering of grace wraps itself around our forms, creating a thing of breathtaking sparkle.  Grace from a God who forgives, who sees our sin though the opaque veil of His precious son's sacrifice.   This for me.  For you.  Free. 

It's almost heartbreaking in it's beauty.
 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11 



"...I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always on my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies 
Is always by my side
Whom shall I fear
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the world in Your hands
I'm holding onto Your promises
You are faithful...  "
Chris Tomlin (found here)

Being Expectant this 2013,



33 comments:

slip4 said...

I love that song! Thanks for sharing these truths - we can learn so much from God's creation around us.

Jessie May said...

Beautiful indeed.

daisy said...

Lovely winterscapes.

Donna said...

Now I know why I LOVE those frosty beauties when I see them....a message from God about grace. Perfect!

Melissa Marie Head said...

These pictures are amazing

Wendy said...

The observations you made in your surroundings today and how you captured them are beautiful. Just what I need to hear. ♥

Victoria said...

Yesterday evening I made a drive through the country side...It was my second drive in that area since Christmas. Both times I was overcome with these SAME thoughts. As cold as it is, all the snow and ice are taking what is dead and ugly and making it so beautiful. Then, yesterday, a beautiful BLUE sky was added to the mix. Someday, I need to make a drive just to take pictures of the beauty hiding out there.

Mama Ds Dozen said...

Beautiful Pictures. Beautiful Words.

I took a 2 mile outside walk in this frosty wonderland this morning. Oh the joy of being out in God's Beautiful Creation!

:) :) :)

Tonya said...

Preach!!

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Love how you captured the "frozen" beauty of God's creation! So pretty.

Cathy said...

So beautiful!

Kerri said...

Your words and pictures leave me speechless! XO

Theresa Novak said...

beautiful...the photos...the words...i am so glad I found your blog!

Sally said...

Just forwarded this song link to my daughter... a great song for her to hear as she faces returning to school and exam stress! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Cach said...

Whoosh!!! That was beautiful! Thankful for His covering of white!!!
Thankful for you and how you share your perspective and your faith!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i want to be there in those dreamy winterwonderlanded pictures. enjoy it extra for me, my sweet friend!!

Meg said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. So true!

And that song...oh that song! Moved me the first time I heard it. Touches my heart. Every. Time.

likeschocolate said...

So lovely!

suzyq said...

Oh sweet spirit filled woman, I would love to read a book writtten by you. Your blog name would be the perfect title!

suzyq said...

Wendy, would you mind sharing how you put the heart at the end of your reply? Thanks! :)

deborah said...

Beautiful beautiful blog! So glad I stopped by!
Deborah
{the white chair}

Lorraine and Jessica said...

Simply beautiful. He is an incredible artist, His works ever changing, like us. Putty in His hands. Thank you for this beautiful reminder!!

solesofamom.com said...

I do a lot of running outside in the winter. I actually hate winter. But training forces me to get out And like you enjoy the view and embrace the beauty our lord sets in front of us. Beauty that if we just drove by we would miss.

khahn said...

Great words by which to start my day! Thank you.

Jocelyn said...

Have I told you lately how much I love your blog? You are such a wonderful inspiration to me. I love that verse and these pictures are gorgeous and go perfectly with the verse!!!

Melissa said...

Thank you, timely words.

wendy said...

Love, Love, Love your pictures and your words as always! And I am going to use your phrase Be Expectant as my words for 2013. Thank you for always speaking from the heart and saying things that a lot of us feel and are afraid to tell or say. I especially love how you talk about your struggles back and forth with God because that is how my relationship with him has been for the past couple years. Take Care and God Bless!

The Avery House said...

Such a beautiful post in every way! Words, photos, heartfelt thoughts. So inspirational! Thank you!

Farmgirl Paints said...

i love that song too. breathtaking pics! love your heart friend.

Angela said...

I'm digging all of your photos! Stunning photography - still with your 50mm lens? Hope you are feeling better. Even sick your place looks soothing and comforting and isn't that the goal? Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this week on Instagram. God bless

Annelein said...

Love the pictures and the writing. The white covering of grace... I'm so glad God didn't only cover me with His amazing grace, but also washed all my sin away. Prais Him!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics and your thougths. May God bless and keep you...

deannag said...

Thanks for the reminder.

Kate@StillRoomToGrow said...

wow...speechless