Grasses, fences, trees clothed in crystal, glistened in the early morning sunlight as we drove to school. Still air overnight had allowed hoarfrost, a sheer coating of water vapour, to freeze over everything.
The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that God created everything beautiful in its time. (Eccl. 3:11 AMP) We need beauty. It lifts our spirits. It cheers and brightens and delights us. The hoarfrost transformed dry, brown grasses into a charming scene along the roadside.
We may be quicker to notice outward beauty. Father God treasures the inward beauty of a meek and quiet spirit. (I Peter 3:4) He promises to "beautify the meek with salvation." (Psalm 149:4 KJV) So often even that change is visible.
Someone who has just accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour can't hide the transformation. The new life the individual has received radiates through them. Like a bride on her wedding day, God's love causes the newly born-again to shine.
Father God delights in turning ashes, anything Satan plans to destroy, into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3) The ugly cross on which the Lord Jesus died is displayed throughout the world as a symbol of triumph over sin and death.
The aspen and spruce trees on our campus lost their sparkle before midday. The glory of God's love is forever. We enjoy the beauty of His creation now. One day every believer will behold the beauty of the Lord.