But then I catch the sun light filtering through the trees and dancing on the water in the backyard fountain as it splashes into the cement bowl or I glance and see someone cuddled in well placed blankets and pillows on the sofa without a care in the world and I remember the value in creating beauty and sanctuary in a world that can be harsh and unwelcoming.
I love this quote from G.K.Chesterton’s book Orthodoxy…
“And last, and strangest, there had come into my mind a vague and vast impression that in some way all good was a remnant to be stored and held sacred out of some primordial ruin. Man had saved his good as Crusoe saved his goods: he had saved them from a wreck.” G.K. Chesterton
We seek and hold on to beauty because the world reminds us what a wreck it is. We seek goodness and justice because life is hard and unfair. We tell a beautiful story because we innately know we were created by a loving storyteller. And we pluck fallen blooms in vessels of water to preserve their beauty as reminder of the world we are destined to.
Never feel the beauty you bring to your home through pretty things or to the garden by way of tending flowers or the joy you bring to a child’s face in the silly faces you make are unimportant or insignificant. These are beautiful remnants saved from the wreck and stored as treasures in our hearts.
What are some ways you bring good and beauty into this “wreck” of a world?