Why Do We Desire Beauty?

Why Do We Desire Beauty
Why Do We Desire Beauty

As you stand before a breathtaking landscape, your heart swelling with awe, or lose yourself in the intricacies of a masterfully crafted piece, have you ever wondered: why does beauty hold such power over us? From the delicate curve of a seashell to the soaring majesty of a Gothic cathedral, beauty seems to speak a language beyond words, resonating deep within our souls. For Christians, the answer offers a glimpse into the very nature of God and our connection to Him.

A Reflection of the Divine

The Bible tells us that God is the ultimate source of all beauty. In Genesis, creation itself is declared “good,” a testament to the inherent beauty woven into the very fabric of existence. The Psalms overflow with praise for God’s magnificent works, from the starry expanse of the heavens to the vibrant tapestry of life on Earth. Just as a child marvels at the artistry of a parent’s creation, we, as God’s children, are naturally drawn to the beauty that reflects his hand.

A Glimpse of Perfection

Our world, though fallen, still retains echoes of its original perfection. Beauty, in its purest form, beckons us with a hint of that lost paradise, stirring a longing for wholeness and completeness. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “We are not merely told to go and look at nature; we are told to consider the lilies.” It is in this contemplation, in the attentive observation of a sunset’s fiery hues or the intricate details of a flower, that we catch a glimpse of God’s perfect design, sparking a yearning for his presence.

A Call to Transformation

Yet, beauty is not merely passive indulgence. It is a call to action, an invitation to participate in God’s ongoing creative work. As artists and photographers, we become co-creators, using our talents to capture and communicate this divine spark. Whether through the lens of a camera or the brush of a painter, we translate the unseen into the seen, offering others a window into the wonder that surrounds us. This act of creation becomes a form of prayer, a silent offering of praise and thanksgiving to the Divine Artist.

Beyond Aesthetics

In a world often marred by suffering and brokenness, the pursuit of beauty becomes an act of resistance. It reminds us that hope, and goodness are not mere illusions, but realities etched into the very fabric of creation. By nurturing our capacity to appreciate and create beauty, we contribute to a world that reflects God’s love and light, even in the midst of darkness.

Shared A Testimonial

Let me share with you a very personal experience.

Last week my wife received a phone call from a woman at Feed My Starving Children, let’s call her Debora. We had recently done a fund raiser event for them, and they called to thank us.

But Debora went on to leave this testimonial.

The best part of this whole adventure with you (Anne) and Wayne right now, I went to his website, and I know very little about art, but I am overwhelmed with the beauty that is captured in these pictures.

It’s like I am standing there looking at it, and I want to be there.

I can’t even explain to you how his pictures have just touched me this morning.  It makes me want to weep; I have never seen anything so beautiful. So, thank you for sharing God’s creation and His places with people. It’s absolutely stunning. I hope one day I get to meet you. I would just love to share a cup of coffee and delve into life and all that God is and will be doing with us. God bless the two of you.

This was such a powerful encouragement to me. This is EXACTLY what my mission is in life.
“Landscape Photographer/World Traveler. Seeing, experiencing, and capturing God’s glorious creation, and teaching others to do the same!”

I do this to help people experience God!

I thank God to have been given this mission. It is a quest that gives me immense joy!

Conclusion

So, the next time you find yourself captivated by a work of art or a natural wonder, remember: it is more than just aesthetic pleasure. It is an invitation to connect with the divine, to participate in the act of creation, and to contribute to a world that needs the transformative power of beauty more than ever.

If you want to see and experience the Glory of God’s Creation, Head to my Gallery: https://wayne-moran.pixels.com. You want to fill your home and office with beauty to help you experience God regularly throughout your day.

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