“One thing I have asked of Yahweh, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in Yahweh’s house all the days of my life, to see Yahweh’s beauty, and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4 (WEB)
True Beauty, can you be in its presence and ever be the same again? Noble Beauty grabs you and won’t let go, nor do you want it to let go of you. And rightly so. Pure Beauty is transformative as it holds your fluttering, breathless heart completely captive with a fiercely compelling tenderness that cannot, that will not, be denied. It is an admirable and excellent loveliness that possesses depth without limits. Why else do we return again and again to drink from True Beauty’s praiseworthy cup of purple mountains’ majesty? So deep is it that one time is immensely satisfying, but never enough, nor is a thousand times. Is one sunrise enough? One sunset? As more is revealed the more of Authentic Beauty we desire with great longing…and the more it graciously gives of itself such that we are willingly swept along True Beauty’s redemptive path.
As I walked down the road contemplating His beauty as the unfading Rose a prayer tugged at my heart. “Lord, would you reveal even more of Your beauty to me? Would You grant me a greater understanding of You?” Arriving at the cul-de-sac a few minutes later I stood there and surveyed my surroundings. There really wasn’t that much to see that I hadn’t already seen before on previous walks to the same spot. Yes, the light breeze was nice, as was the sun shining through the trees, and all the birds were singing like usual, too. By all accounts this was a lovely, but ordinary day. But, then, suddenly three birds burst out of nowhere flying in what appeared to be impossibly close quarters to one another. They flew spontaneously yet did so with the precision of a well-rehearsed marching band as they bobbed and weaved through the air in remarkable harmony and rhythm with one another. It was as if they knew beforehand what the other would do. Their dance in mid-air was joyfully synchronized such that it had the appearance of the breath of life itself. Captivated, I could not take my eyes away from the beauty circling round about me.
“But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you; the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you. Who doesn’t know that in all these, Yahweh’s hand has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?” Job 12:7-10 (WEB)
As I watched these birds it occurred to me that these three absolutely delighted in each other’s company. They were completely and utterly enthralled with one another. At that moment another thought crossed my mind: the remarkable dance of these birds across the sky is but a tiny glimpse into the beauty, mystery, and the pure joy of harmony and purpose shared by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The unity of the Trinity relationship is of such transcendent beauty and bliss that there can be no doubt that Our. Heavenly. Father. Is. Relational. At. His. Very. Core.
The splendor of the Trinity is multi-faceted. There is beauty upon beauty. There is even more here still yet to be revealed. What is this forthcoming beauty? Incredibly, it’s that we, His created, are invited to take our place in Their extraordinary harmony and magnificent dance by embracing a vibrant, intimate relationship with Him. We, His sons and daughters, have been offered the astonishing opportunity to take the outstretched, nail-scarred hand of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords and soar across His creation in His arms.
“God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26a (WEB)
Surely, then, this is a Beauty like none other beckoning us to experience all it has to offer. Indeed, there is no other invitation as exceedingly beautiful and gracious as this. Let us rejoice and praise Him for it’s an incomparable Beauty of unity, fellowship, and love that our Savior has already fervently prayed over us.
“Not only for these do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may also be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world hasn’t known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me. I made known to them your name, and will make it known; that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:20-26 (WEB)
Lord, sweep me away along True Beauty’s path of life with You!
Doxology by Stars Go Dim