It seems the older I get, the more introspective and reflective I become. These behaviors seem to get amplified even more as we move into autumn in its full glory. The changing of the leaves along with cooling temperatures and the urgency brought upon by the imminent winter serve to make me hyper aware of my surroundings. I think God has a hand in all of it, reminding me that every season involves change, both personal and physical. and most of it involves a whole lot of beauty.
Which is where the introspection comes in. These past couple of weeks I keep coming across things of beauty that kind of take my breath away. Here are just a few.
- The fall foliage everywhere I look. This fall started out with what I feel were very muted colors. I prepared myself for disappointment, but over and over again, I keep seeing muted colors that are absolutely stunning. God has a way of taking the subtle, the humble and the ordinary and making it magnificent. The same holds true in our lives in my opinion.
- Every Thursday, some friends and I go to coffee at a local coffee roastery. Brandon Brown is one of these guys and, because of his wife's schedule, he sometimeshas to bring his three kids along. I can't help but see the beauty in the way he interacts with his kids, especially the youngest. He is patient, sacrificial and loving as he sets them up with juice and treats so he can engage with us in our discussion. All of us in the group have been in his shoes and it is clear he loves his family first.
- This past week, one of the CollectiveMKE families got a little bit larger. And while the miracle of birth is something that never ceases to amaze me, they posted a picture on social media that is the definition of beauty, innocence and love. The picture is the two older daughters holding and looking into the face of their younger brother. As a father of two, I loved having small innocents running around the house and it was moments like these that made me stop and remember why all of the work was worth it. Beauty defined.
I guess my point is that God's beauty is all around us. You don't need to wait until Fall or until you are over 55 to recognize it. Open up your eyes and look for it.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.