Have you ever had your breath taken away by the beauty of nature? A stunning sunrise. A perfectly placed flower. The wonderful clarity of a cloudless day.
Most of us have been awed by nature, and I believe God intended for nature to strike us in this way.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. Romans 1:20
It is so easy for us to appreciate the beauty that exists around us, and to be amazed at God’s handiwork.
And at the same time, it seems to be difficult to believe that God has instilled that same beauty in each of us. That His Spirit has been breathed into each of us. That all of His creations are stunning, including you and me.
At church yesterday we were reminded that when God looks at us He doesn’t see what we see. He sees His this beautiful, purposeful creation made with love, and made to love. Our pastor asked us to take time to see ourselves the way God sees us.
This next week most of us are going to start making our New Year’s resolutions. We will begin compiling a list of all the things we are unhappy with about ourselves and make promises to change. For some reason the New Year allows us to clearly see this better version of ourselves, a self that works out, saves money, takes showers, eats salads and loves unconditionally. We catch a glimpse of this person in January, and we become excited and motivated to see this person come to life.
Remember that you’re not the only one that can see this amazing person in your mind. God sees this person, too. Actually, God probably sees someone much more fantastic than you could imagine, but I’m sure He’s happy to start with your idea.
And in February, when we forget the person we’re wanting to become, pray that God allows you to see yourself with His eyes just one more time…