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Exploring His Beauty
Exploring His Beauty

Florida Forest Land

A raindrop on a window sill;
a dew drop on a leaf so still!
Everything beautiful
the Lord hath made!
Oh so beautiful is He!

A flower waving in a field;
a child ready his heart to yield!
Everything beautiful
the Lord hath made!
Oh so beautiful is He!

And in the morning
when I rise
I see God’s beauty all around!
And in the morning
I will praise
Him for His wonderful deeds!

A deer waiting on a hill;
a mountain majestic tall and still!
Everything beautiful
the Lord hath made!
Oh so beautiful,
oh so beautiful,
oh so beautiful is He!

©Copyright Rita Juanita Mock 2001, All Rights Reserved.

From the first moment of creation, found in Genesis 1:1, God’s beauty is revealed in full. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth...” But it is mankind that cannot see His beauty as fully as it should, for sin blinds the eye, deafens the ear, and hardens the heart.

But God supplied us with an abundant supply of possibilities where we might catch glimpses of Him through His creation, but also through His Word, the Bible.

When I first built this website, in 1999 or so, I had just begun to truly see the beauty of God’s Word, though I found it more in the beautiful composition of the Word, rather than in the Message itself. In verses like, Psalms 11:1 “In the Lord put I my trust; how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?”

The beauty of the poetry captured my artistic spirit.

Ecclesiastes 1:5-7 “The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.”

This passage snagged on my beauty-yearning soul, catching me up in the poetry, rather than in the meaning. Ecclesiastes is actually speaking of the futility of the labors of men, yet it was these labors I was enthralled by.

But, then, one day, I fell in love with the Lord Jesus. He was no longer merely my Savior and Friend, but had now become my Lord, my Master, and, yet, my Lover. Suddenly, I saw beauty in the meaning of His Word, not merely the wording thereof.

“And [Jesus] said to them, My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch. And going a little further, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’
And He came and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’
And again He went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer Him.
And He came the third time and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.’” (Mark 14:34-42, ESV)

The depth of the beauty in this passage is more overwhelming than I could ever express, let alone in a mere essay such as this. But, though the poetry isn’t as strong in this passage as in others, this captures my soul so deeply than I cannot but feel more complete each time I read it, though I’ve read it a hundred times at least.

And the reason this is so? Well, that’s simple: this passage portrays a tiny, tiny, tiny hint of what passion the Lord Jesus Christ felt in the Garden of Gethsemane when He begged the Father to remove the burden of our sin from His path! And yet, Jesus went through with it, this horrible, terrible death, and worse!--separation from God!

The vilest offenders, the sickliest of sinners, the quietest of children, the “cleanest” of men: all their sin and guilt was laid upon Him and Him alone.

No matter who you are, no matter how “much” or how “little” you have sinned against God, Jesus took YOUR sin upon Himself. And this is the deepest beauty of all!

II Corinthians 4:6 "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, hath shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ."

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