Posted by: ritagone | March 15, 2017

Another Amy Downing (The Creative Farm Girl) blog for you

I’ve shared blogs of my friend Amy Downing’s before, because I love what she writes, and I’d like to share her latest from last Friday with you this morning (with her permission, of course).  Enjoy!!!  (Unfortunately I have no idea how to cut and paste the blog properly, so all I could do was stick the whole thing in here; if there’s any part of it that shouldn’t be here, I apologize beforehand.  But the blog itself and its illustrations are amazing!)

 

The Real Kind of Beauty

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This past weekend some kids from our church went to visit a local nursing home. We were making paper flowers, and as always, we had a stash of coloring sheets for those who preferred to color. The staff person who was with us on the weekends said that Helga loved to get her nails painted.

My first thought was, “Oh, Lord, none of these kids are going to want to do that. It’s too . . . touchy-feely.” My heart was more honest. “Lord, I don’t want to do that. It’s too touchy-feely.”

Much to my relief (and heart’s humiliation for being so crummy), one little girl immediately piped up that she wanted to paint Helga’s nails. Helga had her bag of polish all ready and upon a quick scan, I could see she needed polish remover, for her polish was mostly chipped and worn off. Anyone who wears polish knows that once the polish starts coming off, it’s best to get it all off because it looks not so nice. (Which is why I rarely wear polish—too much upkeep.)

(SIDE NOTE FROM AUTHOR.)

The staff found the girl some remover and I moved on to the other kids and residents. About 10 minutes later when I glanced over to the mini manicure station, I was struck. It was so Beautiful.

The young girl had patiently cleaned off the old chipped polish and painted them a shiny yellow. The nails looked pretty (if yellow polish can ever be considered pretty) and sparkly, not really fitting on a 93-year old’s pair of hands. But what was so beautiful was the moment between the two. THAT was a beauty that could never be chipped or erased away.

Unfading beauty. As humans I think we all desire to have beauty that never goes away. But isn’t it so much more worthwhile to experience beauty that will never leave us? And in turn, those beautiful moments will fill us and shine through us. In the Bible it says: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight (1 Peter 3:3-4).”

I want that kind of beauty. I want to create that kind of beauty. My creations may never be put in a book or a museum, but I hope they will live on in people’s spirits. I know for me, that beautiful “Sunday morning manicure” moment will affect my heart for ages.

Does your art reflect beauty that is lasting? How about your life?

 

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