Today’s theme is “Winter Beauty” and comes from my wonderful friend Niki, who went looking for beauty in a winter season of life.
What does “Winter Beauty” mean to you?
For the past three years life was extremely hard; several people I cared for deeply were struggling with mental illness. It was a dark, terrifying, lonely road; there’s not much help out there.
But in the midst of it, one day God told me to take a picture of a flower. As I did, I was amazed to see His face smiling back at me through my camera lens. He took my breath away, He was so beautiful!
For a moment I stepped outside my pain and captured a sparkling glimpse of God’s amazing, graceful beauty. It gave me hope. I so desperately needed hope.
Winter was hard though; everything was dead, it was so depressing! But recently I heard this:
Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all. Stanley Horowitz.
So, I went out to find etchings, and the image above is one of the results.
God took a leaf-less, barren tree and, with software magic, brought it to life with a glowing beauty…
Just like the Holy Spirit does with our broken hearts and lives.
The Lord came…
To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes. Isaiah 61:3
Burning within truly does reveal a crown of beauty.
Niki Moran is a 50-year-old (yikes!) single woman living in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a Project Manager by day and is reconnecting with her artistic roots by night. Her blog is the creative outlet for her writing, photography, and love of Jesus: www.GleaningtheNuggets.com. She is honored to share a Beauty Minute! Thank you, Linda!