Accidentally Beautiful

November 2, 2010

I am a huge Derek Webb fan. I love his music. I love the truth that’s behind it. So it is no wonder that I bought his new album, “Feedback”, as soon as it came out. I love the way that he did this album. As a response. As worship. As nothing more. He also chose to collaborate with two other very talented artists. And not in the way you might expect. In the digital booklet there are beautiful paintings by Scott Erickson and amazing photographs taken by Jeremy Cowart. All three artists wrote brief paragraphs in the booklet about worship and the record and all three had incredibly notable things to say. But I was most stricken by what Jeremy Cowart wrote, mainly because I love the way he put it:

” One of my favorite things in the world is when something becomes accidentally beautiful… like the shadows of a junkyard, the remnants of a stripped billboard or the abstract pixels of a non-functioning television. It’s in these moments that I’m reminded of God’s beauty in all creation, both purposeful and accidental..”

Accidentally beautiful. Those words lead me to look at what God is doing in my life. To look at things in my life that seem hideous, like junkyards, and remnants, and non-functioning televisions, but that are really beautiful things. Ugly things, such as my flesh, that he has managed to revive and bring about beauty, such as His glory. Wow. I think that God is intentional in all things. It’s one of the many things that I admire about Him. But to think that He can take life and things and situations and turn them into what seems like accidental beauty is astounding. I guess, when I hear it put like that, it makes it a lot harder to despise the flaws and the rough patches. Because I know that my King is taking those and making them something accidentally beautiful. Something that, when looked at in the right light, can cause me to prayerfully consider and worship.