My eyes have searched for beauty for as long as I can remember. In other people. In the landscape around me. In the mundane of every day life. I think the human heart longs for it. We search for it endlessly. Sometimes we search for it in all the right places, other times we simply don’t.
Then there are the times where the world around us seems to be filled with so much pain and heartache. Looking for beauty seems hopeless. What is the point in looking for beauty when soon enough we will be reminded of the darkness all around us? I’ve been there. I think we all have at some point or another.
Can I be brutally honest? Those moments where darkness seems to overtake us and we feel like the beauty of life is too hard to see? Lies straight from the devil. Now, I know life gets dark sometimes. I’ve been there. I’ve felt it. Grief can seem to swallow us whole at times. But should we give up on looking for the beauty? Never. Beauty is the light we need.
Can’t you see it? As the beauty comes to light, the darkness disappears. Slowly, but oh does it disappear!
That’s the beauty of beauty. It brings light to the darkness. It brings light to our lives. It brings light. There is beauty all around us. The light is always there. We just have to open our eyes to see it.
Sweet friends, the Lord has given us the greatest light of all. This past season I know a lot of us reflected on the greatest gift of Jesus Christ. What a precious, life-giving gift our Father has given to us. He has given us light. Light that the darkness cannot overcome. John 1:1-5 says it best, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” What beauty there is in knowing that truth.
During our time at home I struggled with believing lies from the devil and letting my heart be overwhelmed with darkness. Not always, but there were times where I felt like there was no hope of beauty on the horizon. Oh how wrong I was. The beauty was always there. It’s here. Last night I got to go out to shoot the stars and the moon with my dear friend, Rachel. It was so sweet to be reunited with her. We were taking pictures of the stars and Port-au-Prince when I looked over at the mountains and noticed they weren’t so dark anymore. The light from the moon was starting to make the edges of the mountains glow. We knew it was coming. We were anticipating that the light was soon to arrive. We trusted that it was coming. Sure enough, it came. The moon slowly rose above the mountains until the clouds in the sky were illuminated by it’s light. It was pure beauty and such a sweet reminder from the Lord that His light will always rise above the darkness.
We have been back in Haiti for a little over a week now and are so thankful to be back. Our time at home with friends and family was so lovely and we are so grateful we got to meet over coffee and food with so many of you! It was so encouraging to see everyone. The Lord was so faithful to give us rest and encouragement during our time at home and blessed us beyond we could have imagined. Thank you for being His hands and feet to us during that time!
“For you are my lamp, O Lord,
and my God lightens my darkness.”
2 Samuel 22:29