Brokeness and beauty

Faith column

By Pastor Murray Wittke

Valley Christian Assembly

Ours is a broken but beautiful world. Everyday brokenness clamours for our attention with jarring images of human suffering and pain. And yet beauty also quietly surrounds us, always available, awaiting our response. Where’s your attention focused? What occupies your thoughts, brokenness or beauty?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. When He finished He saw that it was all very good; not only good for something, it looked good, it was beautiful. But why make everything so beautiful when it wasn’t necessary? Because the beauty of the earth was the joyful expression of God’s heart. Beauty is God’s gift of love, waiting to be received and enjoyed, if only we’ll take the time to linger and look. But beauty is not merely to be looked at, beauty is to be looked through. When we gaze at a the sun sinking behind the Purcells, listen to the red wing blackbirds sing on the wetlands, or smell the fragrance of lilacs, our hearts perceive something richer and deeper through them. Through their beauty we catch glimpses of God’s own beauty, love, and grace.

But like fire, brokenness continually draws our attention, obscures our view, and darkens our horizons. Fire comes unexpectedly, and suddenly trees centuries old go up in smoke, and pristine forests are reduced to ash. Life can be like that; tragedy strikes, accidents happen, marriages fail, and dreams are shattered. It’s tempting to focus only on the destruction, yet amid brokenness beauty returns. Much like the sea of purple fireweed that springs up and covers a burned over hillside, the persistent presence of beauty in our world reassures us with whispers of hope.

Pause to reflect upon the beauty of our earthly home and you’ll sense it calling to something deep within you. Beauty is God’s open invitation to return to the source of all beauty, especially when our lives and hearts are broken. God promises to give “beauty for ashes” to all those who mourn. Our Creator is a good and beautiful God, trust Him. He makes everything beautiful in his time.

Just Posted

RCMP Report

Some of the more notable files from Columbia Valley RCMP week of August 12-18th

Rossland council urges minister to kill Jumbo Glacier Resort project

Mayor writes letter panning ski resort on environmental, legal, and economic grounds

Legend of the book bike

Book fairy hands out books to lucky recipients who spot her

Summer Snack Program helps local kids in need of a good lunch

Summit Youth Centre is giving tasty, nutritious lunches and snacks to Columbia Valley kids.

Bounding into the great outdoors

Playwest Mountain Experience takes hikers into the wilderness.

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Most Read