Convincing Beauty

My wife and I are currently renting a house that has a fairly incredible view from the kitchen and great room of the Estrella Mountains.  Almost every night just before dusk, the setting sun shines on them and for about 15 minutes they turn an incredible shade of purple.  It always reminds me of the line about “purple mountain majesties” in the song “America The Beautiful”.  The words for the song “America The Beautiful” were originally written as a poem in 1895 by Katherine Lee Bates. 

She had taken a trip to Colorado Springs and several of the sights she saw on her trip found their way into the poem.  For her the words, “purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain” reportedly came to her while she sat atop Pikes Peak.

While the sights and natural beauty of Colorado and of Arizona are no doubt incredible, I like to think that all places on earth are incredibly beautiful.  For example, I always thought the prairies of Illinois where I grew up were stunning as well - albeit in a more subtle way than Pikes Peak.  I think the beauty and perfection of this world (as well as the heavens beyond this world) provide convincing evidence of our Creator and his creation.

As it says in Isaiah 40:12, “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?”

Lord, thank you for reminding us every day of you and your creation and your love for us.  Amen.

Brad Gauen

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