“Divine Beauty Within…”

My thoughts have been very much directed lately to the beauty of life in all its complexity and simplicity. Too often I over-complicate things and miss what is right in front of me in the moment. During my alone time – walking in the fresh air, puttering in my garden, relaxing in my new screened-in gazebo, reading a good book, playing with my kitty – I am being more intentional about searching for beauty through all my senses.

As Louisa May Alcott said, “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”[i]

Today I simply want to share with you one of my favorite poems by Helen Steiner Rice. I revisited it yesterday while glancing through a book a college friend had given to me. It reminded me of how I tend to overlook the beauty that is within.

 

 

 

 The Windows of Gold

There is a legend that has often been told

Of the boy who searched for The Windows of Gold,

The beautiful windows he saw far away

When he looked in the valley at sunrise each day,

And he yearned to go down to the valley below

But he lived on a mountain that was covered with snow

And he knew it would be a difficult trek,

But that was a journey he wanted to make,

So he planned by day and he dreamed by night

Of how he could reach The Great Shining Light…

And one golden morning when dawn broke through

And the valley sparkled with diamonds of dew

He started to climb down the mountainside

With The Windows of Gold as his goal and his guide…

He traveled all day and, weary and worn,

With bleeding feet and clothes that were torn

He entered the peaceful valley town

Just as the golden sun went down

But he seemed to have lost his “Guiding Light”,

The windows were dark that had once been bright,

And hungry and tired and lonely and cold

He cried, “Won’t You Show Me The Windows Of Gold?”

And a kind hand touched him and said,

“Behold, High On The Mountain Are The Windows Of Gold” –

For the sun going down in a great golden ball

Had burnished the windows of his cabin so small,

And The Kingdom Of God with its Great Shining Light,

Like the Golden Windows that shone so bright,

Is not a far distant place somewhere,

It’s as close to you as a silent prayer –

And your search for God will end and begin

When you look for Him and Find Him Within.[ii]

 

I am bombarded daily by messages claiming if I buy this product, eat these foods, avoid other foods, wear certain styles, color my hair, use age-defying creams, and rid my body of toxins that I will be more beautiful. The underlying message implies I am not good enough, undesirable, unlovable, inferior, out-dated, and getting old. The funny thing is, the older I become, the more I realize true beauty is like aged cheese – the more it ages the more fragrant, flavorful, appreciated, and valuable it is!

The Bible has much to say about beauty, but perhaps the most significant one for women is found in I Peter 3:3-4, “Your adornment must not be merely external – braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” (NASB)

You and I, my friends, are beautiful!

Until next time,

Kathy



[ii] Climb ‘til Your Dream Comes True – a collection of inspirational verse, by Helen Steiner Rice, Classique®, First Edition, 1964, Gibson Greeting Cards, Inc., Cincinatti, Ohio

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