Have you ever looked at a beautiful sunset? I don’t mean just “watched it set,” but did you really see it? Have you seen it in your soul? A sunset is not merely beautiful, it is a portal to Beauty! So, too, is the star filled sky, the form of a pregnant woman, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and the absolute wonder of a DNA molecule. While these are all beautiful to see with the eye or hear with the ear, and should instill awe in any humble heart, they are also the pathway to the One who is Beauty.
You see, there is a Transcendent Beauty. He is the Creator, the one who gave us the capacity to sense beauty and experience wonder. He is the one who calls us to a humble heart, to contemplate and to seek its source.
The proud heart does not walk through the Portal to Beauty. The meek heart says “thank you” and longs to know and worship this Creator-Artist.
For one who pauses at the gateway, the siren song of the Beautiful One will be heard: “Enter here!” “Come and know me!” “Enter into communion.” Then once the step through the portal is taken, one hears (as Aslan, the Christ figure in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles once said) the Lord of Lords calling “come further up and further in” to the Beauty. Abandon pride and the world of illusion you yourself have created. Embrace reality – Truth, Beauty and Goodness – God’s wondrous gift to you.
-Darrow L. Miller