The other day I went to the movies alone at one in the afternoon. This is what happens sometimes when you have a suddenly clear afternoon and a gift card. I like to go to the movies by myself sometimes because it gives me a chance to sit and absorb without many distractions. That day was especially nice since I was the only one watching the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I loved the movie, and one moment in particular stuck out to me. Two characters are talking and one says in a very nonchalant way:
“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”
This floored me because of how absolutely true it is.
The mountains or ocean aren’t beautiful because they told you they are, they just existed until we discovered them for ourselves.
A beautiful heart doesn’t walk around and declare itself to be beautiful, it shows it by what it does when no one is watching.
The best leaders don’t think of themselves first, but of what good they can do for others.
The most beautiful kind of women are the kind who don’t know they are beautiful and don’t seek glory for themselves. Their qualities speak for them before words ever come out.
As I thought more on this, I realized this even applies to God in many ways. When God revealed himself to Elijah on the mountain, he wasn’t in the mighty wind, the earthquake, or even the fire. He was in the still and small voice, the whisper in the dark. The king of the universe didn’t come to us as an earthly prince to grab our attention. Instead he came as the son of a carpenter in the hick town and let his character and actions grab our attention.
Maybe true beauty is meant to be discovered and encountered, not advertised. When you love someone, it’s often the little things that you’ve discovered that you come back to over and over again.
The question that pops up because of this is “Are the things that are demanding my attention really that important in the big picture of life?” What if the things I’m constantly trying to appease are only distracting me from the more important things that God has invited me to discover with him?
I guess the point of this rambling is that maybe we should strive to discover more about each other, our world, this universe, and the God who created all of it, and if we look beyond the obvious, we may encounter something better.