Take four minutes and watch the debut of Paul Potts singing Nessun Dorma on Britain's Got Talent.
Go ahead, I'll wait...
Now. How are you feeling? I don't know about you, but I have tears on my cheeks and was deeply moved.
Along with the exuberant audience, and the millions upon millions of people who have watched this particular moment in time, I find great beauty in Paul's musical expression.
The unexpected beauty of Paul Pott's voice, my favorite operatic aria, the joy of watching Paul share his gift, the expressions of joy exhibited by the audience the moment Paul got his first phrase delivered, the tears on the faces of those present, and the eruption of applause at the conclusion.
One of the most primal drives in the heart of every man, woman, and child is our common longing and yearning for beauty. And, when we find a glimpse, we want more and more.
Did you watch this video twice? I did. Have you ever had a second piece of your favorite pie? Are their pictures and paintings on your refrigerator and the walls of your house that bring beauty and joy to your life? Do you have treasured pictures and videos of loved ones on your cell phone and computer?
In my many hours of early morning theological study over the past few years, I've really struggled getting my mind around what the beauty of God might be. Try as I may, and to my constant frustration, it seemed as though I found more beauty in things that I found here on earth than in God.
Then, thanks to Steve Dewitt and his recent book Eyes Wide Open (affiliate link), the light bulb went on.
I found great beauty in the Paul Potts moment. In fact, so much beauty that I wanted more.
So, if I find great beauty in this moment, in Paul's voice, in my favorite aria, in the common joy of millions around the world, imagine how transcendentally beautiful must be the Creator of absolutely everything in this moment?
As I contemplate that thought, and let it ruminate in my mind, I begin to understand how beautiful God really is. He created everything in which I find and enjoy beauty.
I recall a song from my youth ... "Oh Lord, you're beautiful, your face is all I need". (link)
Oh my soul, when you find us in the presence of great beauty, turn the wonder of the moment into praise of God.