I like pretty things. Who doesn’t, right? When we finally got a portion of our kitchen remodel done, I just stood there looking at my open shelving, clapping my hands, and repeating, “Pretty, pretty, pretty.” (My husband thought me rather strange.) But our home seems to be in a constant state of remodel (we bought it with that intention), so any semblance of beauty is precious to me.
Is it wrong to enjoy the pretty things around us? Of course not, but it also depends what we do with that enjoyment. Do we make it an idol? Are we constantly seeking to fill our lives with pretty things, or do we enjoy the sparks of beauty that pop up around us? God made the sunset beautiful — we should certainly enjoy it. But not worship it! God made the delicate, pretty crocuses to be the first flower that blesses us in the spring, after a few cold, bleak winter months. We are to enjoy them and be grateful to the Creator for the blessing of them.
The same goes for the everyday around us. There is so much sadness, sorrow, trouble, disease, and on and on in everyone’s life. When we can find that speck of beauty in an otherwise dark day or week, month or year, what a blessing. We can’t help but to enjoy it! If there is something that I can do for another to facilitate the enjoyment of pretty things, I want to do that. I have to keep that in check though. Am I doing it for their applause or to bless them as God has blessed me with the beauty of His grace? One of the posts that was linked up on last week’s grace laced mondays, “Do It Anyway,” made me ponder that a bit more.
Last Monday, I had the pleasure of meeting with a friend who is going through a very difficult time dealing with newly discovered, extensive food allergies. With this new frontier comes depression, sadness, and despair. (When taking on such a significant change in one’s food routine, our body literally goes through a period of detox. It can show us how intertwined the body and mind really are.) I wanted to bring a little hope to my friend with our discussion of what she can and can’t eat, but also that there can be beauty found even in this foreign, and often dark, land of altered eating.
I made up a little treat that I thought she would enjoy. (I actually goofed on the ingredients and she wasn’t able to have it afterall, but oh well, I think her family enjoyed it 🙁 ) I find it’s the simple and pretty things that can bring us much joy, so I boxed the treat up and decorated it simply. Just as Christ showers us with his simple Grace in the everyday — in the sunset, in the crocuses, in kitchen shelving, in pretty packages — so can we shower others with pretty things as well.
How do you enjoy beauty around you? How do you share this beauty with others? And specifically, how do you find beauty even in the ugliness that inevitably surrounds us all, food allergies or otherwise?
Linking up with grace laced mondays again this week. I encourage you to click on the link and see how others are experiencing grace in the everyday. Thank you, Ruth!