Unfading Beauty

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

—1 Peter 3:3-4

 

Looking out over the water

I didn’t expect to see it

A quiet beauty in soft pink

A delicate statement of color

On a warm summer afternoon

 

With no tailored stones

Or fashioned presentation

The natural spoke silently

With marvelous eloquence

 

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Save the World

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It was quite by accident that I saw it.

There was something I had just passed down the highway that I wanted to photograph.

While turning into a new housing development area, there was quite a bit of acreage with wild grasses and trees.

It was a lovely scene, made even more interesting by its contrasting centerpiece–an abandoned construction machine.

This type of equipment is quite costly and very specialized.

Why was this one left behind?

As it rusts in the harsh sun each day, the moments that it was once in use become more of a remnant of times gone by.

It appeared useless and condemned.

I suppose that if the right person came along, this big piece of machinery could be restored.

Like machinery rusting out in the elements, people need to be restored.

Not just some people—all people.

The rust and corrosion of sin affects everyone.

There is only one remedy.

Only one redemption.

Jesus came to save us.

When He died on the cross and rose from the dead, He paid the penalty for our sin.

God doesn’t want us to be lost and separated from Him forever.

He doesn’t want us to be in a condition of condemnation.

Instead, He wants us to be restored—to be made right with Him.

To be forgiven, whole and well.

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For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

–John 3:17

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Nothing New

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Several years ago, something new arrived on the store shelves.

Delicate strands that looked almost like a brush came alive with light on their tips.

The strands were connected to a base and the light show was fascinating to watch.

Introducing——–fiber optics.

Actually, the fiber optic “lamps” purchased as conversation pieces for the home may have been the next new thing on the market, but fiber optics had been on a few select scientists’ minds for decades.

Today, fiber optics are used a lot in the world of technology and communication.

But, is anything new under the sun?

As I walked along a trail deck, I came across some unusual looking pink blooms.

They looked like the fiber optic lamps in the stores years ago.

What were they?

After researching them online, I found their identification: Mimosa microphylla.

Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?

Whatever the name, God had made a plant that produced pick strands topped with white, marshmallow-looking tips.

I wonder if the very early developers of fiber optics had ever pondered this plant and its likeness?

If I wanted to, I could purchase an intriguing fiber optic lamp for a table or desk in my home.

If I wanted to, I could walk out on a trail and find intriguing flowers that almost glow with pink in the sunshine.

There is nothing we can develop, invent, adapt or manufacture that God has not allowed us to.

He knew all about it first…..

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