Beauty Calls Out
for us to believe
we are loved and protected
by the Unseen
and points to the One
Who created everything
alongside His Son.
Beauty in creation is evidence of a Divine Artist and Creator.
So many types of shells, flowers, and even rocks reveal an imagination and artistry that didn’t stop until He’d said, “It is good.”
When God made us in His image He also said, “It is good.”
But there was one not so little detail He included in our nature. He gave us freewill. And when Adam and Eve were tempted to disobey God, they did.
Banished from the Garden of Eden and destined to die, they had to work long and hard to feed themselves. And the death of their innocence was passed down to the rest of us.
We are all born spiritually dead.
Beauty calls out to us.
It reminds us of a time before and a time to come. Perfection will once again be the place we call Home when we’ve believed and trusted in the One who paid the penalty for our sin.
Heaven is our good home.
And by the grace of God I’m walking the road that leads me to its shore.
Jesus makes us spiritually alive.
Today’s poem was inspired by some lovely words Diane Taylor wrote in the comment section of my previous post.
She has written a book about memoir writing, and I’ve been reading it on my tea breaks while I’m out in my garden. Slowly I’ve been writing notes about my own life journey I’ll be sharing one day.
Like Adam and Eve’s story, it has some not so pretty parts in it.
But God makes everything beautiful in its time.
Today’s pictures are from a private beach I was invited to visit earlier this summer.
What’s your favorite beautiful place to visit?
Beautiful Blessings ~ Wendy
I have linked up with Sunday Stillness by Janis Cox.
42 thoughts on “Beauty Calls Out for Us to Believe”
Beautiful, Wendy. And I love your honesty. My most beautiful place to visit? I don’t think I’ve been there yet! 🙂 But you know I love to go to Disney World. But when I think of beautiful … I think of Alaska or Europe. One day! 🙂
Thank you, dear Shelli. My husband wants to go to Alaska. I’d love to take a Christian cruise up the coastline or fly in. Natural beauty is my favorite, and the old architecture and gardens of Europe would be beautiful too. I suspect the best part about Disney is the smiles on all the children’s faces. 🙂
Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Catherine. I’ve been enjoying seeing the ‘Writer’s Garden’ posts on your blog. Pure loveliness.
I’m so glad. Thanks for being part of that series.
I’m happy and honored to be included.
This is such a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing it!
I enjoy it here in my own state of Arkansas. It is referred to as “the natural state”. It is covered with trees and gets enough rain in the summer that it usually remains green in spite of the heat.. I like to go for drives down rural highways.
Arkansas sounds like a piece of Paradise. Natural beauty’s my favorite kind. Thank you, dear Theresa.
Beautiful images and words. Your post brings the following verse to mind: “ For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Romans 1:20 NLT
When I view the beauty and power of His creation I am quite content in knowing that we live by a logical and reasonable faith, not a blind one.
Thank you, Gene. You’ve quoted one of my all-time favorite Scriptures. This verse gives me peace when the atheists in my life shake their fingers at me and accuse God of not revealing Himself, and therefore they will not believe. I understand their frustration in how reliant we must be on faith rather than evidence, but Romans 1:20 clearly states we are without excuse. In the meantime I will keep praying for the Spirit to reveal how wide and deep His Love is for them, for all of us. Blessings, friend.
Lovely post! I love visit Ardkinglas on loch Fyne and Crairie gardens but the wild shore nearby is just as good! 😊
The places you mentioned have intriguing names. Do you have a link to a post with pictures of them? I’d love to see it. My husband hopes to take me to Scotland one day. A wild shore is always a treat. 🙂 Thank you.
Lovely words and lovely photos, Wendy. Anywhere that I can go and be in nature is my favourite place to visit. 🙂
Thank you, Jennifer. You live in an idyllic natural setting. I’m still glowing from seeing your beach pictures.
Hmmm…the most beautiful place I’d like to visit is a toss up between the mountains and the beach. Now that I think about it, I’ve seen more beauty while hiking in the mountains than anywhere else. But I think I like the beach better:)
Judy, there’s something about a beach that reaches down inside of us and calls us to rest. It can be the middle of a stressful week and a trip to an ocean or lake shore transports me to that ‘holiday’ place. I agree a beach is better.
Thank you for your tribute, Wendy! Beautiful photographs of the natural world, which is our greatest Gift for it makes everything possible.
Diane, thank you for inspiring me with your comment about beauty and with your book (I’m 95% done). I savor nonfiction and try to learn as much as I can from them.
Beautiful photos. Beautiful words. Beautiful heart. <2
🙂 Thank you, Diana, for encouraging us to be who we are inside and out–loved this post of yours: https://talktodiana.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/integrity/
Aww shucks, thanks Wendy. <3
Lovely words. Lovely images. And a lovely reminder of why the beauty in nature draws me in and closer to our Creator. Whether I’m in my own backyard garden or walking the shoreline near my home, I see glimpses of His glory everywhere and that moves me to worship Him. Thank you for this creative and inspiring post, Wendy.
Nancy, when I read your beautiful post yesterday I was tickled to see we were on the same ‘creative’ wavelength this week. Yes, nature draws forth praise and worship from His people. By the way, I love the hydrangeas on your blog: http://pensandjournals.com/2015/07/17/we-are-artists/
Beautiful words and photos Wendy. Not being able to go far at the moment Im just so very grateful for our lovely garden. I know many people don’t have one and I can’t imagine life without one so huge floods of gratitude just for that today 😊 x
Christine, I can’t imagine not having a garden either. I’d need to watch garden videos to get my fix. Good on you for practicing gratitude. Blessings & hugs.
What a beautiful and serene message. Isn’t is amazing the different effects the ocean has on us individually? For me, I long for the warm tropical ocean breezes and soft lapping waves, long walks on the beach…and talking with my Lord. Bless you, Wendy for your gracious and giving heart.
Thank you, Zoey. The sound of water in motion is one of creation’s best melodies. It ranks up there with birdsong and the cry of a newborn. Blessings on your weekend.
Amen and amen! What a fantastic post, Wendy! Love and hugs, N 🙂 <3
Thank you, sweet Natalie. Hugs. I love how everything worked out for your beautiful trip. <3
Wendy, what beautiful pictures! What a gift to visit that private beach!
These lines? “Beauty calls out to us.
It reminds us of a time before and a time to come. Perfection will once again be the place we call Home when we’ve believed and trusted in the One who paid the penalty for our sin.” They spoke to me.
Let’s see . . . one of the most beautiful places is a beach at sunset. I’ve been to Florida beaches, California beaches and Hawaiian beaches . . . they all take my breath away at sunset.
Jeanne, I can only imagine how lovely it must be to walk along those shorelines. One of my dreams is to visit southern beaches. I’ve enjoyed the gorgeous sunsets you’ve posted. Like this one: https://jeannetakenaka.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/break-when-god-mends/
Refreshing as always and plenty of seeds for thought. Thank you.
Thank you, dear Gracie. That’s how I feel about the sermon I heard today–I’m honored by your words. Blessings.
Stunning words, great pictures, you make me want to lie down on one of those pictures staring at the sky! I would love to walk the shores of heaven too! Thanks for sharing the wonderful post Wendy!
Much love. 🙂
Thank you, dear Seyi. I’m looking forward to Heaven’s shores–for sure. 🙂 Blessings.
Stunning, Wendy. It’s been too long and I’m glad to reconnect. Have a beautiful weekend <3
Thank you, Angie. It seems there’s never enough time to visit all the people and blogs I’d like to. It’s another hint we’re meant to live forever. 🙂 Blessings.
…as the desire for more love, is a hint we’re meant for eternal love <3
Yes, nicely said. 🙂
So beautiful and comforting, Wendy. I’m also glad that you got Diane’s book. Hope you agree that it is very helpful and I am looking forward to your own books in future. Yes, books!
Thank you, Cynthia. Yes, her book is packed full of inspiration and how-to’s. I’m gathering ideas. I’m almost finished reading it and will read it again. I already know how my memoir will begin and end, thanks to her wisdom. I appreciate your encouragement. I’m trusting in God’s timing for everything as I wait to hear back about my fiction manuscript. It’s been an honor to receive interest by agents. But I’m still new at this, and I anticipate a long road ahead. I look forward to reading another book of yours. Your humble, honest story telling is refreshing and engaging (and I love your sense of humor). 🙂
Thanks very much, Wendy.