Those that know me will tell you that I appreciate nature, I love colour and I enjoy cosy spaces. In a national lockdown, however, the only nature, colour and cosy spaces I can take pleasure in are limited to my home. Yet, in this same season, I find myself overwhelmed by the beauty that exists in these very limited spaces.
I find it pretty ironic because under less restricted circumstances I specifically set time aside to explore the outdoors (deliberately leaving my house) in search of the beautiful things that captivate my heart and inspire me.
Our good friend google defines beauty as a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. It is this thing that exists in spaces but is not limited to them. It exists in colour, but it is so much more than that. It is also a term that can be used to describe music, people and landscapes alike, and my favourite thing about beauty is that it always lies in the eye of the beholder (as we’ve so often heard it said).
In a season like the one we’re currently in, it can be very hard to see or even create beautiful things… The news is disheartening, people are suffering and the people we know and love are either affected or at risk of being affected by the virus.
Yet even in these circumstances, Apostle Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:8 to “keep our thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honourable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And to fasten our thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always”
Which implies that all that is authentic and real, honourable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, bears significance in every season of life.
As artisans, I believe as prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 61, That “the spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us because the Lord has anointed us to proclaim good news to the poor. He has a sent us to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and to comfort those who mourn.”
With all the restrictions in place right now, we can start to feel really helpless but perhaps the way we continue to do this is by crafting beautiful things that will remind people of a glorious and majestic God who is deeply concerned with their situations. Perhaps we write the songs that remind people of God’s unfailing love or maybe we even write poems & draw pictures for those who are growing weary as they continue to fight the virus.
I’m learning in lockdown that beauty does not cease to exist, even in the height of pain. The thing about this beauty that exists in creation, however, is that it is only but a fraction of the goodness of a God we know and love and ultimately He is exactly what our world needs now more than ever.