Posted by treeFROG on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
i had one of the most revolutionary conversations with two friends this weekend. one friend was asking me aesthetic questions such as what color my house would be. i told her that i neither knew nor cared at this point. then i confessed--to her horror--that i did not care about aesthetics in general (later this notion was misproven. i did, but did not realize that i did). appalled, she got me where it hurts...my theology. she said, "God cares about aesthetics. He made everything beautiful, the trees, the flowers, but He didn't have to." wow. what did i have to say to that? nothing. truth had prevailed and i willingly surrendered my apathy to the original Artist's superior view. i'm so glad that God is smarter than me.
anyway, this led to more conversation and revelation about how i saw myself, but perhaps another time. your hint? i found out that the phrase "beauty is vain" in proverbs 31 did not mean what i thought...and this totally turned my world upside down as for the first time in a long time, i saw beauty in a truer light. God made us beautiful...and it's good.
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