I’m in Christchurch visiting my mum as she undergoes radiation treatment and providing company for my dad as he comes to terms with a new reality. It’s a tough season and yet this season of spring continues to speak of new life and a greater hope.
Christchurch hospital is located on the edge of the Botanical gardens and Hagley Park which you can access by walking along the Avon river. The sun is shining and colour is everywhere. People are laughing, resting and even romancing. There’s a lightness in the air and beauty is the provider.
Beauty cuts to the heart of who God is and what he’s like. The beauty of spring comes after the cold and bleakness of winter. It is beauty restored after a time of death. It is a celebration of life and a reminder that not even death can separate us from the life of God. Beauty is God’s invitation to rest in him and to lay down our burdens before him.
Beauty is unveiled in nature and in all of life. It is unveiled when there is peace in the face of adversity, in the love between 2 people who have been married for a long time and when humour breaks through the greyness of a hospital room. I have seen all of that beauty in the last 24 hours and I’m trying to drink it in, knowing that it will sustain me as this journey continues.
Oh Lord, you’re beautiful
Your face is all I seek
For when your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me. – Keith Green