For the Beauty of the Earth

Today, in the beautiful town that we live in it is raining. And ladies, for California, this is rain- real rain. By no means a thunderstorm, but it is cold, “dreary”, water is coming from the sky; and for this drought laden town, it is a beautiful thing. Recently, I was given a cape. A beautiful cape- black, with red satin lining and fur on the edge of the hood. It was made in England, and I had promised myself on to wear in until it finally rained. However, tonight I am going to a 16th birthday for a dear friend, and I had highly considered going back on my self made promise. Imagine my delight when this morning I woke up to hear rain puttering down the metal rain gutter! My joy runneth over- no pun intended!

Which brings me to something I had been contemplating. I had been deeply thinking about why I believe in biblical womanhood. Why am I not a feminist, or at least, less complimentarian than I am? Why do I plan on staying at home, at least when married? Why is it a battle for me to make the crucial decision of whether to go to college or not? Why do I (usually) not mind being different? Why?

Its because it is so beautiful. I came to that conclusion while visiting Mr. Phillip’s blog on the Vision Forum website. I saw the little girls from the Faith and Freedom tour playing in beautiful clothing. I saw the little boys that have their little guns and other manly playtoys. I see the girls my age at their father’s and brother’s sides- cheering them on, preparing to be a helpmeet. I see the young men close to my age- and I think of how that is the type of man I wish to marry one day. Not a rough, video-game playing, potato chip eating, slothfull boy. (!) I wish to marry a young man- one who has spent his teen years doing hard things for the glory of God. And I think of how that young man will desire a young woman like the one I desire to be.

Let me not be mistaken. I admire Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, the Vision Forum group, and others not because being like them will get me a good husband! No. While marriage may be what God has in store for me, He also has so much more. A husband is not the “final result”. Children are not either. Being seen as virtuous and beautiful are not either. Being virtuous and beautiful is not either. It is to bring glory to God.

 To me, being truly beautiful ( in character, personality, and appearance) is one of the ways God wants me to bring glory to Him. He has created so much beauty in the world. Sin has marred it, but restoring true beauty is part of sanctification. Not becoming sinless, but striving to sin less. I try to think of something pure, something we consider beautiful; and what comes to mind is snowflakes. Not when they hit the ground, but when they are still falling. And that is what I feel called to strive to become- like a snowflake. Without sin ruining its apppearance.

Not every one leads a set apart life; many don’t even try. But the life like those that I previously mentioned lead, a set apart life, is truly a beautiful life. And that is why I feel drawn to it. I believe that a set apart life adds to the beauty of the earth.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise

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4 Responses to “For the Beauty of the Earth”

  1. SarahBeth Says:

    Those are my thoughts exactly! I couldn’t put them into words, but I knew when I was reading this that it was what I think. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  2. Jade S. Says:

    Hey! I love your post:) I think TRUE beauty dose bring glory to God.
    Jade

    P.S. i added you to the blogroll @ handmaidenswithamission.blogspot.com

  3. Anna Lofgren Says:

    I agree. It has been so hard for me to make the college decision as well… but God has a plan.

  4. somethinggreaterblog Says:

    Anna- I definitly hear you loud and clear! Its something I’m still trying to decide about.

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