Beautiful

Today in chapel we sang the song “Beautiful” by Phil Wickham.
You can hear this song here

“I see Your face in every sunrise
// The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes //
The world awakens in the light of the day //
I look up to the sky and say //
”You’re beautiful”
//
I see Your power in the moonlit night
// Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
// We are amazed in the light of the stars
// It’s all proclaiming who you are //
You’re beautiful
//
I see you there hanging on a tree //
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
// Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
// Soon we will be coming home //
You’re beautiful //

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
// Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
// We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring //
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
// You’re beautiful
//
I see Your face, I see Your face, I see Your face
// You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful”

This song rings true in me. So many times this semester I have bemoaned the fact that I have early morning classes, only to shift my tone entirely as I step out of the back door of my house, hop on my bike, and ride to class toward a beautiful sunrise. I have even become expectant of the scene. It points to something beyond, full of meaning, purpose, and beauty. I see the beauty of the colors strewn across the sky, and I am thankful. I am thankful because it reminds me of God’s faithfulness, His ability to breathe fresh life into all things, and make something beautiful. This beauty reminds me of the beauty of my Lord. He is beautiful. As the song goes on to explain, His sacrifice, too, is beautiful. He sacrificed it all because of his intense, intense love for us. This is beautiful love. This love is deep, and I am convinced I only know glimpses of its depth. This is the kind of love that proclaims us, as the church, His bride. Then, will we know the depth of the beauty, when we arrive in the presence of our Lord, The music builds, “We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring //
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
// You’re beautiful
//
I see Your face, I see Your face, I see Your face
// You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful.”

So much of this life stands insufficient as a representation of the next. So much calls, even demands, our attention. Yet it is in these glimpses of beauty that we are reminded of what has purpose and of what pales in comparison. What holds ground when lined up with Christ and the beauty of our relationship with Him? So often we take this as granted… the fact that we are called into relationship with our Maker, Savior, Sustainer–the God of the universe. This too is beautiful. He calls us to bask in His beauty.

Over the past few days, I have been pondering the beauty of my relationship with Jesus. I am made whole in Him. He speaks over me, and He speaks for me. In Him I find rest. In Him I am free (Gal 5:1). “I see Your face, I see Your face, I see Your face
// You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful.”

He loves us intensely. He leads us in the dance.
Check out this song, and be reminded of the beauty of this life you have in Jesus.

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