Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter’s name was Tamar, and she became a beautiful woman. 2 Samuel 14:27
While I was visiting my daughter’s family about a week ago, we took a stroll through the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. As far as botanical gardens go late fall isn’t the ideal time to visit. However, this large tribute to God’s botanical world has a number of year-round gems. Their tropical greenhouse exhibits seemingly endless unusual flowers bursting forth in yellows, purples, oranges, reds, and greens in all shapes and sizes. Around each corner is yet another example of God’s gift to us of beauty. And if that wasn’t enough a walk through the Japanese garden section sees an explosion of fall colors with fiery red Japanese maples and an array of colorful mums.
While many lessons in the Bible warn us of making beauty an idol, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the beauty of God’s world. Beautiful women mustn’t rely on that beauty but instead have an inwardly beautiful heart. And the riches of the world – shiny gold, silver and diamonds — cannot be the treasure we most desire.
But one read through the description of the new Eden in Revelation reveals God’s desire for us to live amongst His gift of beauty.
The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. Revelation 21:19
God didn’t have to make such a colorful, beautiful world. Everything could be black and white. So, on your next walk around your neighborhood give thanks to a God who loves to place color and beauty in our lives. From the tiny pink flower nestled in the sidewalk crack to the glorious red and orange evening sunset and the beautiful bluebird to the spectrum of colors that make up our human hair, God’s gift of beauty is one that has little reason yet brings so much joy.