"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stepping into Beauty

Beauty: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind

“In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” ~ Christopher Morley

Meeting my wife at a local flower show today, I stepped out of a cold drizzle wedding_rings into a chorus of color. I was walking out of dull grayness and stepping into beauty. Seeing my wife among all those flowers reminded me that marriage is all about beauty, the adventurous, passionate beauty of two people becoming one. Men need that beauty, that sense of wonder; it answers a longing deep within us. That secret nerve vibrates with a desire that can only sync with a heart made to beat for us, a woman’s heart.

I sometimes think that we (men) are afraid of beauty, thinking it makes us soft and “girly”. The truth is that appreciating beauty does not make us soft; it helps us understand softness. Part of my wife’s beauty, her strength and what makes her captivating is her softness. Beauty doesn’t tame me but it does calm me and fosters growth in my marriage.

Beauty connects me with my wife and that is a good thing.

“Whosoever findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22

Now that’s beautiful…

Peace,
Jay

 

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