In Others’ Words: Beauty

Beth Vogt Life, Quotes 35 Comments


“Beauty …. is the shadow of God on the universe.” ~  Gabriela Mistral, Chilean Poet, Desolacion (a poem)

One of the advantages of living in Colorado is that I get to savor the most a-ma-zing sunrises and sunsets. We’ve lived here 13 1/2 years now, and I haven’t seen the same sunset twice. The colors are stunning: vivid oranges, startling pinks, deep purples …. My favorite sunsets are when the sun disappears behind Pikes Peak and the mountain is backlit, as if it’s on fire.


And, yes, I catch a glimpse of God-the-Creator in those sunsets.



In Your Words: Where has God cast his shadow across your world in a particular moment of beauty?



Photos taken by my husband, Rob, on March 13, 2012. (Thanks, love!)

Comments 35

  1. Beautiful quote and pics. In college unbelieving profs told me Chris. life is boring but they were so wrong. The truth is there’s constancy but no sameness in Him, always new and going further. I’ve seen my favorite scene a few times and frequently in my mind’s eye: rows of mountain peaks and crested ridges falling back row on row like massive ocean waves–all bearing His fingerprints–love that!

  2. I lived in New Mexico for ten years, and I feel the same way about sunrises and sunsets – never the same one twice. And when there were a few clouds here and there, it was even more beautiful. Just looking at the mountains gave me an ‘ahh’ moment. I have seen a few spectacular sunrises and sunsets here in North Dakota. I think not enough people stop to look when they see something beautiful, or stop to listen. I marvel at His hand in everything wonderful I do find in my life, and appreciate those special moments.

    1. Karen,
      I have to remind myself to stop sometimes and lift my eyes and look … at the mountains that surround me every minute of the day. Such beauty. I can easily take it for granted.

  3. I so agree, Beth! Colorado sunrises and sunsets are the best! My kids and I love to watch colors paint across the sky in the mornings. Sometimes I see His shadow before I see the beauty in my life. Many years ago, during my first year of teaching a very difficult fifth grade class, I’d had a poor observation by my principal. As I stared out at the desert outside my classoom and cotton clouds skating across a blue sky, God practically spoke these words to my heart: “I have not brought you here to abandon you.” Those words spoke beauty and hope into my life that day. 🙂 I ended up staying at that school for four years, until I married and began the grand adventure as an Air Force Wife. 🙂

    Thanks for the great question, it really made me think.

  4. Oh yes, Arizona has surprisingly gorgeous sunsets and sunrises too. I love AZ in the late summer evenings, when there are storms we call “monsoons”–essentially, warm rain and lightning whisking across a red/pink sky. The power and majesty of God in those moments is undeniable.

    1. I’ve only been to AZ once — a quick trip for a wedding. Didn’t really get time to watch the sunsets or sunrises. Maybe next time.

  5. I agree with you about sunsets and sunrises. I am a sucker for the colours. However my favourite God moments are at waterfalls. I am mesmerized by their beauty and structure and there are never two alike.

    Thanks for the quote Beth!

  6. Holding my baby is the most beautiful expression of God and His love I can think of. How anyone can watch a child grow, can love a child so deeply and not believe in God and His love is beyond me.

  7. I took a long walk yesterday in the pouring rain and had a wonderful time. After our extremely dry winter here in the Sierra Foothills of California, I was grateful for the big drops falling on me. Since I was clad in rain gear, I was warm and comfy.

    During my six-mile walk on my favorite trail, I only saw two other people. Normally the trail is heavily used. But not in the rain. Yes, many of my fellow Californians are weather wimps. A sad fact, but true. The solitude was a gift in the midst of my usual busyness.

    I saw many birds. They were out in droves, or should I say coveys, since many of them were quail? Like me, they seemed to welcome the rain. I enjoyed the sound of the raindrops hitting my hood, the swish of my nylon rain pants, and the wealth of birdsong.

    This was the first big rain since I began my exercise regimen in November and my first walk in the wet stuff. People had told me I might find that I enjoyed the experience, and I found that to be the case. I marveled in the beauty all around me, beauty bathed in much-needed water from above. Just as the rain fed the parched earth, my soul feasted on God’s handiwork and His provision.

  8. I love that quote! So true.

    I am a sunset nut. I watch the colors change as the sun sinks down on the horizon, I think of God painting that picture just for me.

    1. While we watched the sun set last night, I asked God for an especially beautiful one so we could post some stunning photos.
      He answered a stunning “Yes,” didn’t He?

  9. Just a few minutes ago as I sit here at my desk I looked out my window and watched the birds play in the bare tree that hasn’t yet started to leave. (I hope it isn’t dead)

  10. Oh, Beth, I just want to get lost in your beautiful photos. Molten light fingerpainted by God over those breathtaking mountains – just stops your heart, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing His beauty. 🙂

  11. God certainly did give you a lovely sunset to capture for us today, Beth! Thanks for the thought-provoking post and the comments. You all have been my lunch companions as I munched a salad w/ tuna, reading and pondering your words and allowing sweet memories to pass through my mind.

    Keli, I traveled with you, smelling and feeling the rain. Wendy, I stroked your daughter’s hair with you. I thought of birds and the births of my three children. Waterfalls and green valleys, and mountain peeks. After four or five days in Arizona, many years ago, its beauty is still with me. Your post, Beth, took me back.

    As yet, no one has mentioned oceans. For six weeks I woke to sunrises over the ocean and closed down the day to sunsets over the inlet. Each morning, I was on the front deck, facing straight ahead, with my camera and cup of hot tea. Each evening, I ducked out the kitchen’s sliding glass door to watch the sunset over the star-shaped portion of water to my left. Every day was an adventure of peaceful wandering, my senses on quiet alert for the beauty that was everywhere, sparkling in the glint of sun on sand, sea oats blowing, surf with its steady rhythm that centers us humans to our core. “Thank You, God !” was constantly in my mind and often on my lips.

    This was 2007 and it was the culmination of what God had been doing in my life, in the way of both physical and emotional healing. He startled me by calling me away for a time, to write but mostly to soak in His love in a place He knew I would feel immediately at home. On week-ends I was joined by another of God’s beautiful creations, one of my closest friends who lived lived less than an hour away. We would sit out under the stars at night, hot drink in hand, wrapped in a blanket, breathing it all in, often praying together, in an outpouring of thanksgiving.

    1. Ah, Patti, thank you for bringing us seaside today.
      I feel so close to God when I walk along the shore. I love the immensity of the ocean. The sound of the surf … the feel of the salt-scented breeze …

      Yes, I see God’s shadow at the ocean.

  12. Oh wow, those pictures are gorgeous, Beth.

    We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day here today. One of my favorite moments was feeling a perfect breeze just as I started to get too warm. It was as if God was my personal fan. 🙂

      1. That last line is one I feel certain is going to stay with me! God as your personal fan. He so often does things that are just to let us know He is there.

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