We took a day off for beauty.
Yesterday, my youngest and I waved goodbye to her older sisters as they rode off to school and we climbed into the minivan for a drive on a sunny, warm but not too warm day, passing horse farms and the river and watching sunlight burst through the tops of trees, casting shadows here and brilliance there.
We traveled to see friends. We don’t do this often enough, just sitting and talking, laughing,
watching kids play with toys. In all of life’s busyness and the red circles around almost every day on the calendar, we don’t give enough time to friendship.
Sitting along the edge of the beach, we helped tip over buckets of moistened sand to form sand castles. Pine needles and lost feathers, bits of shell and pebbles smoothed by the waves became castle flags and decorations.
Then we walked and collected treasures washed ashore by the tide. Children see treasures in ways we do not. I picked up unbroken shells, shiny, smooth, etched with color and patterns. My little one picked up massive clam shells covered in barnacles and sand, murky in color and awkwardly shaped. She handed me slivers of broken shells and even tried putting fistfuls of sand in her treasure bucket.
It was beauty to her.
What is it about the seaside that brings peace to the soul? My friend says maybe it’s the rhythm of the waves.
I think she’s right. I stood there for a moment and thought of the comfort it brings me knowing that the wave will come and another and another, in constant motion, totally faithful, reliable, trustworthy.
And that is our God. He doesn’t wash over us and then pull back never to return again. He brings wave after wave of ever-coming, perpetual grace. The world is an uncertain teeter-totter of a place, with unexpected terrors lurking around corners and surprises that drop us to the ground.
But God—He is faithful. God—-He is always grace. God—He is ever true.
After a stop at the school to pick up my older girls, we raced home to eat dinner and become beautiful: Choosing outfits, doing hair. The girls fought over bracelets.
Then we met with other friends and drove once more, this time to see Ballet Magnificat, a professional Christian ballet company.
The music began. Just instruments at first. The dancers took to the stage and we watched and it was fine and it was okay.
But then one lone female voice sang,“Praise the Lord, O my soul and let all that is within me praise His name” and the dancer stretched her arms high in worship, her fingers almost touched heaven she was so long and outstretched.
This was worship. This was total abandon in praise to a God so worthy.
Yesterday, we took a break for beauty. We paused and lingered long with friends and we filled our souls in the deep wells of nature and dance and worship.
I want to carry that along all this week and be intentional about it.
After beauty fills you up, it spills out and sloshes over the sides of your heart every time there is rushing, stress, tension, worry, boredom, work, monotony.
We must work hard to protect the memory and refill often by taking a break for beauty, by seeking the soul-filling glory of God’s presence.
This week, I’ll be meditating on the verse to help me remember:
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple
To hear the song by Kristene Mueller that began Ballet Magnificat’s performance, you can click here or click Play on the video below from the blog.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.