Nothing Ugly

Wildflower along the Clarence Pathways, New York
Wildflower along the Clarence Pathways, New York

God created the world to be a beautiful place.  He made flowers, trees, mountains, animals, and even mankind to all be beautiful.  Out of the depths of creativity within Himself, His infinite mind dreamed dreams of beautiful things that He spoke into being.

Ring Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Ring Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

Humans destroyed God’s beauty by their disobedience – and they brought a curse not only on themselves but also on all of God’s creation and all of their descendants after them.  The world became an ugly place – still with some of the beauty of God, but also tarnished by the sinfulness of mankind.

Exploring a slot in Sidewinder Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California
Exploring a slot in Sidewinder Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California

This reminds me that God doesn’t make ugly things.  He makes beautiful things.  He even takes the ugly and makes it beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  So if you know that God is building or making something, you know it’s going to be beautiful.

Views from Summit Rock, Adirondak State Park, New York
Views from Summit Rock, Adirondak State Park, New York

A friend wrote me a few days ago, “God has never made anything ugly.”  He was referring to some pictures I’d taken while hiking, but the truth goes beyond just the beauty in the natural things that God made.  God doesn’t create ugly things – He makes beautiful things.

When He created you and me in our mothers’ wombs – He made us beautiful.

When He made the world – He made it beautiful.

When He dreams up a plan and a promise for you and for me – His plans and promises are beautiful.

Sometimes the process looks ugly, but the promise itself is beautiful.  Other times, we need a change in perspective to see the beauty.

Iceberg Lake Outlet, Glacier National Park, Montana
Iceberg Lake Outlet, Glacier National Park, Montana

Don’t miss the beauty for all of the ugliness that surrounds us in the world we live in.  God has dreamed up good things for us all – as He told the Israelites when they were still in sin, “[I have] plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jerimiah 29:11)  Everything that God creates is beautiful.

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