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Imperishable

October 1, 2009

Leaves crunch under foot. The sun has lost it’s summer-strength and grows delicate. It’s light is warm and comforting without being harsh. My garden flowers have lost their intense color and are fading. Only the mums burst forth in russet hues.

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the crisp chill that now inhabits the mornings. The trees that lose their green and will soon be red and orange. Yet, this last saturation of color before winter is a sign of dying. Of decay.

But it is so beautiful for this brief moment.

I’ve been thinking about beauty. Perhaps because I was reminded today that my beauty should be found in the “hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:4).

Imperishable. I like that word.

Autumn beauty is a perishing beauty. It won’t last. It will crumble, like dry leaves between my fingers. Become brown and moldy before the snow gives it’s death a covering.

The world sells beauty in tubes of cream that claim to get rid of wrinkles. In needles that give a youthful fullness to the lips that now are thin. In diet pills that make you thinner in just a few weeks. In glossy covered magazines that lie about the worth of a woman. We grasp after beauty. Outer beauty. Perishable beauty.

But there is a beauty that’s not wasting away. Instead it’s being renewed. Day by day. Inside.

It can be hidden by wrinkles. It can be crowned with gray hair. Yet, this godly, inner beauty is to be praised.

It’s what I’m after. It’s imperishable.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009 8:34 am

    beautiful.

  2. October 1, 2009 7:04 pm

    That is so beautifully written, Danielle…one of your best!

  3. October 2, 2009 9:11 am

    i agree, i love fall, and it’s true that it’s so very special, especially in how short-lived the beauty is. it always makes me so introspective on life, and nature, and change.

    and i love that photo!

    Megan

  4. krista permalink
    October 3, 2009 8:45 am

    I agree…beautifully written. I feel like I’ve just dined on a fine meal. Words to delight the senses and truth to satisfy the soul.

  5. October 11, 2009 8:44 pm

    Beautiful piece, in the imperishable way. And that photo is gorgeous!

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