Why We Search For Beauty
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

Why We Search For Beauty

We look for it in sunrises and on the catwalk

278
Why We Search For Beauty

Since I was a little girl, I have been drawn by beauty. I would dress up in my grandmother's old dresses, stumble around in her much-too-large heels, and attempt to prance elegantly around her house. My hope was that in dressing in my grandmother's clothes, I would somehow gain a sliver of the beauty and poise that I saw represented in her.

I know that I am not the only little girl who spent her early years playing dress-up. And why is that? What is this seemingly inherent desire to attain beauty? Why are we so drawn to it?

According to one of my college's most beloved authors, C.S. Lewis, beauty itself is not the goal. Rather, its allure comes in what it represents, and Who it reflects. We are drawn to beauty not because of what beauty is, but Whose it is, and Who it directs our gaze to.

Beauty is found all throughout daily life: in the selfless acts of strangers, in sunrises, in flowers, in songs, in the faces of others. Yet while the location of each sliver of Beauty may differ, they all originate from the same Heart.

Of these inanimate representations of beauty, Lewis writes in his book The Weight of Glory,

"they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited." (Lewis, 31).

They are echoes of something so much greater and so much more beautiful.

Lewis also makes mention of the sadness that comes after the brilliance of a sunset has faded into night. While it lasts, we view it and are awed by its raw beauty. But soon it fades, and we are left looking at the solemn tones of a darkening sky.

"We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the landscape loses the celestial light.... For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world.... We have been mere spectators. Beauty has smiled, but not to welcome us; her face was turned in our direction, but not to see us." (Lewis 39-40).

Lewis is describing how the beauty in nature is not intended for us, though we can certainly enjoy it. No, the sunset is Nature acting to glorify its Creator, and we are only spectators of this display of worship. We can view the sunset as it glows in hundreds of brilliant colors, but the message of beauty and exaltation was not delivered for our glory, but for His.

Having read Lewis' wise words and looking back over my years of pursuing my narrow-minded perception of beauty, I have reached a deeper appreciation for those natural displays of beauty. A friend dresses up nice, and she looks beautiful. And her beauty directs me to the One who created her, and of Whose Beauty dwells within her. A sunrise erupts with color, and I am humbled at this sight of Nature welcoming the morning by worshiping its Maker.

Beauty was never made for us, and we will not see its full extent until Jesus returns. Until then, however, we will be able to catch glimpses of it, mere reflections and echoes of it. And when we do, let us be reminded of Who it is really all for.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

20 Quotes That Will Make You Smile Today

Everyone could use more self-care and without the judgement...

123
20 Quotes That Will Make You Smile Today

Welcome to a new day and a new opportunity to be our best selves. Here's a list of 20 quotes about self-care, self-love, positivity, and finding inspiration. Carry these quotes with you throughout your day for positive upliftment!

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

There's always a reason to be happy.

1246
10 Small Reasons To Smile​

It doesn't cost a thing - so smile.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Songs That Will Hit You In The Feels, No Doubt About It

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to music is making different playlists on Spotify. I find it so fun to go back to old songs, find new ones, and categorize them into my different playlists. We all have that one playlist that we resort to when we are really feeling some type of way — also known as a "feels" playlist. If you have one of these playlists or feel ~inspired~ to make one, here are 11 songs that are a must to add.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

To My Fellow Girls With Resting B**** Face

A letter to my friends with RBF about understanding your own face and helping others deal with it.

3172
Jupe du Jour

To the girl with resting b**** face:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Boyfriends Of The 2000s

Thank you, J14, for the Posters

5786
J14 magazine

Every girl remembers her first crush. Even if your first crush was the boy in your kindergarten class that ate crayons, your first true love will always be the one that holds the key to your heart. Growing up in the 2000s, everyone knew who your dream guy was. Your family probably still give you grief and your best friends probably still reminisce, so it is impossible to forget your first celebrity crush. You bought a Tiger Beat magazine every chance you could just to read up about what your favorite celebrity was doing. Your room was fully decorated with posters of them, and it wasn't unusual to have fights with your best friends over who was going to marry him. If you were a 90's baby, lucky you because the 2000s were full of boys that were easy to love. I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane and quickly realize that Bieber was definitely not the first guy with that hair cut. Here are 15 90's baby's first boyfriends.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments