Unless you know the purpose of something, you can't make judgments about whether the thing is good or bad. (p. 165 from "Generous Justice" by Timothy Keller)
Ice cream is a bad lubricant. Used in place of WD-40, I can't think of an instance where it would be called good. But ice cream is not meant to make a door hinge turn squeak free. The purpose of ice cream is different altogether and at that it succeeds brilliantly. But without the right understanding of purpose for the frozen dairy product, we do not have an appropriate scale on which to decide its value.
Last night, I sunk into a cushioned wooden pew at a little Lutheran church in Simi Valley, California to watch my friends rehearse today's wedding ceremony. The music accompanied delight on their faces and I let the beauty sink in. And I wondered at what made the moment magical.
Beauty is the observation of harmonious relationship - when colors perfectly complement or when sounds layer a story or when people are as they were meant to be. This is beauty that stirs up gratitude for gifts we don't unwrap. We are thankful for things that are missing our scrawled name on a gift tag. These are the things in life that are good because they fulfill their purpose - they reflect a harmony only found in the Trinity.
And this is why marriage is so beautiful. It is a harmonious relationship that reflects the character of God - a partnership that puts His glory on display.
Today, I get to step into something that is good because it fulfills exactly the purpose for which it was intended. Today, I'll be unwrapping beauty and enjoying every delicious moment!
let LOVE fly like cRaZy