Beauty in the World
Back in 2010 Macy Gray released a US top 40 single called ‘Beauty in the World.’ It’s an upbeat pop song that celebrates the wonder we see around us. While I wouldn’t call it a classic (though it is catchy!), it nonetheless communicates an important truth, easily forgotten in a world that loves to focus on the negative, the bad and the ugly.
Beauty has been defined as ‘that quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.” Most would agree that we often see beauty in the natural realm, be it fauna, flora, the night sky or incredible landscapes. How can we account for such natural beauty all around us?
The Bible gives us the answer. The God of the Bible created all things, (including mankind), and in the beginning that creation was very good, (Genesis 1:31). Adam and Eve devastated the universe with their sin. However this sin did not efface all the beauty in the world. The Bible tells us that the heavens still declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and creation still bears witness to God’s invisible qualities (Romans 1:20).
God is pre-eminently beautiful and his creation reflects this beauty. So much so, that anyone contemplating the natural wonders around them is without excuse if they fail to connect the beauty in the world with the beautiful God who created it (Romans 1:20).