In the car on my way home from work I found myself thinking “Wow, today is such a beautiful day.” The sky is brilliant blue, the air is cool and clear, spring flowers are abloom. I live for days like these.

When I’m driving, 9 times out of 10 I’m listening to NPR. As I was looking out my window in awe of the beauty, a voice on the radio reminded me of the ugly atrocities in the world today. I felt guilty for even enjoying a day like this in light of the most recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

Darkness and pain are everywhere.  They’re ugly.  They’re hard to acknowledge much less accept as someone’s reality.  They represent an total absence of beauty.  However, it is beauty that makes those things obvious and grotesque, instead of common and mundane. In a dark world, God has given us a brilliant light to look to. I see it in nature, in my loved ones, and in all things good and true.

“The light comes into the darkness, and the darkness cannot understand it.”

Sometimes all you have to do is look up.


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