“Every experience of beauty points to [eternity].” – Hans Urs von Balthasar
“A woman knows, down in her soul, that she longs to bring beauty to the world. She might be mistaken on how, but she longs for a beauty to unveil. This is in her heart, part of her design.”
I love those lines from Captivating, the companion book to Wild at Heart. The author’s words about beauty resonate deep in my soul. But to be really honest, it’s part of my heart that Chad doesn’t share. He doesn’t understand yet why picking out the perfect earrings in the morning, or sprinkling fresh herbs on a dinner plate, or wanting to hang art on our walls or arranging books on a shelf just so is important to me. I don’t expect him to share that, but I do have a desire, a longing, for him to get a piece of it, to see the joy that simple beauty brings to my life, to support my small pursuits of making things lovely.
I want our home to be beautiful. Not necessarily in the classic sense, with fancy appliances and stainless steel rails and exposed beams…oh. That is our house. But really, I want there to be a softness there, a welcoming, a sense of invitation into our lives. I want our home to reflect us.
I think Chad got a taste of how big the little things can be over the weekend, when we finally got a piece of art hung on the wall between the kitchen and living room. Smiles all over! My sister made it for us for Christmas – it’s a paper-collage nod to all the awesome doors we saw in Tallinn. It’s not anything overly special, but I like that Sar made it; I like that it references other places in the world that I love; I like that it goes well with colors in our house. But I really love that there’s a pretty little something hanging on our wall now, something that reflects who we are. I really love that I did something to make our home beautiful.
Isn’t it pretty?
And, just because it’s so good, I’m sharing some more of Stasi Eldredge’s thoughts on beauty. The following is totally ripped/paraphrased from Captivating, pages 37-42.
Beauty speaks. Think of what it’s like to be caught in traffic – horns blaring, exhaust billowing, suffocating…Then remember what it’s like to come into a beautiful place, a garden or meadow or quiet beach. There is room for your soul…You can rest. It is good. All is well. That’s what beauty says, All shall be well.
Beauty invites. A truly beautiful piece of music captures you; you want to sit and drink it in. The same is true of a beautiful garden or scene in nature. You want to enter in, explore, partake of it.
Beauty inspires. A teacher in the inner city explained to us why he insisted on putting a fountain and flowers in the courtyard of the building. “Because these children need to be inspired; to know that life can be better.”
Beauty is transcendent. Beauty reminds us of an Eden we have never known, but somehow know our hearts were created for. Beauty speaks of heaven to come, when all shall be beautiful. It haunts us with eternity. Beauty draws us to God.
There is a radiance hidden in your heart that the world desperately needs.