beauty: how it draws our hearts toward God

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” — Martin Luther

Mountainous

In the distance 
there is an indigo,
dark-shadowed, snow-crested

mountainous ridge rising
on the horizon,
tinged with soft sunset-pink.

It glows with invitation
to pause, to admire,
as the sky ripples with joy,

with beauty and celebration,
a daring dusk declaration,
as the dark mountains

dissolve and morph back
into the clouds
from which they are formed.

While we travel forward,
leaving a blaze of sun
golden-streaking the sky 

far behind us, 
like a final farewell,
a golden hurrah, perhaps.

And I crane my neck,
unwilling to lose
the sight or miss

the significance
of creation once again
stirring mountainous

hope in my heart,
because as this day sighs
its dying breath,

I know that dawn 
will come, light will return
to bathe the earth 

in grace, and leave us
always wanting more
of beauty, wonder, awe.

Even as I mourn
my lack of evidence,
with no photographs to show

what I saw, it has burned itself
upon my retina, with a
defined, sharpened focus 

in my mind, to become
fully developed in my soul,
as I reflect and scribe it all.
© joylenton

“Beauty reminds you of an Eden you have never known, but you somehow know your heart was created for it. Beauty says, There is a glory calling to you. And if there is a glory, there is a source of glory. What great goodness could have possibly created this? Beauty draws you to God.” — Restoration Year: A 365 Day Devotional by John Eldredge

beauty - how it draws our hearts toward God - clouds - sunset - glory (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

4 thoughts on “beauty: how it draws our hearts toward God

  1. Joy, always wanting more of His beauty and looking forward to the next journey that will bring it, but still soft in my heart are the memories of the last time I saw….🙏❤️🕊🐝🦋

    • Oh, me, too, Jenny! I never tire of creation’s beauty. May your memories bring you joy and help you cope if more travel restrictions are instigated due to Covid-19. Stay safe, dear friend. xo 😊💜🌸

  2. Dear Joy,
    Thank you for sharing with us a glimpse of the beauty around you there. I loved these stanzas:

    I know that dawn
    will come, light will return
    to bathe the earth

    in grace, and leave us
    always wanting more
    of beauty, wonder, awe.

    And your “lack of evidence” even fits in with that theme of faith, that keeps us looking up and longing for more. Even when we can’t see the dawn coming, our eyes of faith trust that He will bring it. Thank you for this precious reminder today. I am sorry I am just now getting here to read, but perhaps God knew the best timing when I would need to be reminded of the coming dawn. Blessings, love, and hugs for you my dear sweet friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, I’m so thankful for your perceptive gift of reading between the lines of the poetry I write. It brings out hidden depths which often pass me by in penning them. May “our eyes of faith” keep trusting in the light, beauty, hope and joy that are waiting to be revealed in God’s good timing. It’s always a pleasure to see you here whenever you can manage it. Your insightful comments never fail to bring a smile to my face and a warm glow to my heart. Thank you! Blessings, love, and hugs for you, too, my dear sister and cherished friend! xoxo 💜

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