Day 27 – Accepting Beauty

We are a coastal community with 24 miles of coastline in our county of 2 million.

beach view from lighthouse

boating New River

pelicans

We are called the Venice of America for all of our canals and waterways and we are the yachting capital of the world.

We boast an exotic look with palm trees lining our streets and highways, pelicans on the piers and wild parrots noisily flying overhead.

Where is the ordinary in this beauty?

The locals are the ones rarely going to the beach, fussing about the mess the neighborhood ducks make and barely noticing the 8 foot alligators on the golf courses.

The beauty we see everyday becomes familiar and barely noticeable.

We’ve stood on the coast of La Jolla and soaked in their ordinary beauty of seals sunning on the rocks and the ragged edges of their coastline. We’ve hiked the rim of the Grand Canyon looking across the vast valley below with all it’s color painting the layers of earth. We’ve been on top of Pike’s Peak feeling as if we were on top of the world looking at violet mountain tops and a crisp blue sky. We’ve been in the darkness of caverns, the damp wrapping around us, the sound of drips our soundtrack.  Each a marvel of beauty, exceptional to our unfamiliar eyes, part of the daily scenery to the locals.

seals in La Jolla, CA

Pikes Peak

A friend and I have been talking about submitting articles to websites for possible publication. We’ve voiced our doubts about our ability, will rejection prove we aren’t writers of any quality?

Will a “thank you, but not at this time…” confirm we’re no Ann or Sarah or Emily? Their words tumble out with ease, don’t they?

We prepare ourselves for rejection so as not be let down. We tell each other it’s not personal, it doesn’t mean we aren’t writers and we mean it. For the other.

Where is the truth in saying our beaches are more beautiful than the Rocky Mountains?

Where is the truth in comparing our gifts and talents to others?

“Body and soul, I am marvelously made!…

…how I was sculpted from nothing into something.” excerpt from Psalm 139

I embrace these words, needing them to remind me of my magnificence in God’s eyes all the while I wrestle with other words that always seem to trump the ones meant to lift up.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 NLT

These words from Philippians are ingrained in my psyche. These are the words that have been emphasized and have become my default mindset. These are the words that keep me from laying claim to words like writer, artist, teacher, that keep me from accepting that I can be part of the beauty.

Maybe you too.

Somewhere, we do believe because we don’t stop. We don’t stop writing and painting and reading and giving. We don’t stop believing that we are created in the very image of God.

This has been a chorus sung in our church for years. May it be a prayer sung in our hearts.

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,

All His wonderful passion and purity;

O my Savior divine, All my being refine,

Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”

Albert Orsborne, Salvation Army songbook

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

6 thoughts on “Day 27 – Accepting Beauty

  1. Linda Stoll

    Hi Debby … we’ve just moved near the northeastern shoreline … beauties abound. I am keeping mindful that the dailyness of life creeps in … but I never want to lose my sense of wonder at the gorgeous creation that is not far from our doorstep.

    Everywhere we look, He’s speaking through the work of His hands, isn’t He …

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    1. Debby Hudson

      He certainly is, Linda, and using us to be part of the beauty he shares. His beauty shows in you through your blog.

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  2. mirandamiller03

    Beautiful pictures!! We tend to forget how beautiful something is when we experience it daily, whether it be our scenery or something in our lives.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      We sure do, don’t we Miranda? Don’t forget His beauty that is in you, that you share throughout your day.

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  3. Annie Rim

    Oh, yes… Remembering the beauty of our backyards. Bea has loved watching the mountains “get ready for winter” and it’s such a reminder to be in awe that we can see the Rockies as we run errands. Maybe they’re not as close as we’d like, but they’re close enough to see daily… Also, this reminds me of your boat restaurant for tote anniversary – it still sounds so exotic to me, but normal for you. 😉 This is why I love your series so much!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Thanks Annie. All these differences in creation’s beauty is why I appreciate Instagram. A few other reasons too 😉

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