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Clue #3: Beauty
There’s beauty all around us. If there’s beauty, then there’s an artist who loves beauty. The artist wants to affect us with His beautiful creativity. Who's the artist? Part Three of nine.

For an introduction to this series of nine clues, see Clueless.

Hope you’re enjoying being a detective – a spiritual detective! And I hope you’re finding clues that point to God. Then you can get to know Him and love Him, like we do at ROOTS, the Chinese Christian fellowship I lead.

Already we have two clues – design and information. But someone might say, those aren’t clues at all. There’s no real designer, no information. It’s all by accident; by chance.

For a detective, that attitude’s foolish. Like this:

Let’s say your friend’s wearing a T-shirt. (This one made me laugh too.) Someone sees it and says, Ha-ha, I know what happened!

You’re puzzled. What do you mean, what happened?

They say, She was walking through a paint factory, right, and there was an explosion. A big bang! It splashed paint on her shirt, and wow! Her shirt looks like that.

Know what? You’d stare at them and ask, You think this T-shirt happened by accident? Really? And you’re thinking to yourself, Are they nuts?

Some people look at the design all around them, and say, No way! There’s no Designer! They believe it all happened by accident. Unique fingerprints – just by chance. Unique DNA for each person – just an accident.

A Christian hears this and thinks, Are they nuts?

Detectives have to really think. Not only find the clues, but figure out what they mean, and solve the problem. Same with us, when we’re spiritual detectives.

Here’s another: clue #3 – beauty. Why is there beauty around us? More than design. More than information. There’s beauty (artistry) all around us. Why? That’s our next spiritual detective question. Christians say the clue points to God. He loves beauty and created a beautiful world for our pleasure.

Remember the rocks on the beach in Clue #2? They spelled, I love you. We realized, a designer had been there (a lover too…). Now let’s add beauty.

What if the design and information – the, I love you – now becomes beautiful, like the photo? There’s an artist at work! That’s what a detective would say. If there’s art, there’s an artist.

Same with a song. We know a composer fit the sounds together in trills and triads and arpeggios, making beautiful music.

The beauty of music!

When we hear a great violinist play, it affects us deeply. Perhaps we cry; it’s so touching. Joshua Bell is a famous violinist. He talked about and played Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach – one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. (Hear Chaconne performed by Janine Janzen on You Tube.) A spiritually powerful piece – emotionally powerful, structurally perfect.

Joshua Bell knew the music didn’t happen by accident. It had a composer. Bach was a brilliant artist, creating beauty through music.  

We look around… beauty everywhere! We gaze at a rose, bend over to smell, and say, Ah, how beautiful!

A detective wonders, An artist did that – the smell, the color! But who? And how? The day ends in a glorious sunset, the sky ablaze with colors. Beautiful! Who’s the artist? we ask, puzzled.

Or we behold a baby – like I did, as I held my granddaughter recently. So beautiful, this new creation! Who made such beauty?

A horse running. A cat jumping. The shimmer of a waterfall. A rainbow. Sometimes it make our heart ache, such beauty!

Even mathematics has beauty to it – how strange! One mathematician said, “Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics."

Clue #3 makes us say, There’s beauty all around us. If there’s beauty, then there’s an artist who loves beauty. The artist wants to affect us with His beautiful creativity. Christians say that someone is God.

He’s the most beautiful being of all.
He’s the artist-God, cramming our world with beauty.
He wants us to say, Wow! Amazing!
He wants us to long for Him – this beautiful God.

Know what?

He’ll make you beautiful, if you’ll let Him!
God plans to make you a masterpiece.

We are God’s masterpiece! He’s created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

He has a plan for you!
He’ll make something beautiful of your life.

Even the worst life, the most trashed – God will make it beautiful, if they’ll let Him. When you find God, and learn about Jesus, you’ll discover the richest beauty. That’s my desire for you!

One of the benefits of being a spiritual detective is, you get to join in the beauty!

Hope this clue helps you think more about God! Design. Information. Now Beauty. Hmmm… what’s next?

Paul Johnson SHARE, pjohnson@cnbc.ca, Cell: 403.816.6981.

Related articles

The nine clues appear as a series of nine articles on Christianity.ca:

Clueless
Clue #1: Design
Clue #2: Information
Clue #3: Beauty
Clue #4: Complexity
Clue #5: Laws
Clue #6: Word
Clue #7: Scene of the Crime
Clue #8: The Corpse
Clue #9: The Mystery

Originally published on the website, Spiritual Detective Clues, 2009. Reprinted in Baptist Horizon, beginning May/June 2009.

Used with permission. Copyright © 2010 Christianity.ca.

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