My day with Anna Cavoto began with getting completely whacked while reading various passages from the Old Testament. Wow. For all those who think the Old Testament to be of no value anymore, I must say that it is all-powerful and completely beautiful. Although we no longer live under the old law, we still serve the same God who wrote the Old Testament, a God who is always the same, never-changing, and full of all wisdom.
Consider this: Although we no longer live in the same ways of Colonial America, we study those parts of American History because they are important in understanding how our country came to be the country that we know and love today. In the same way, we no longer live under the old covenant, but it is of great importance to study those days in order to understand how our Lord brought us to the new covenant, which we love.
It is more than alright for one to have a greater love for the New Testament, however, it is of utmost importance to invest in the time to learn of the history of our God and His people in order to truly value the beauty of the Cross.
After a few hours of discussing and digging into the love of the Lord, Anna and I ventured to Whole Foods to redeem a gift card. As we were enjoying our food and discussing the Nations, a sweet little girl walked up to us and said, “Hi. I have four names.” She was completely precious, and be the lover of children that I am, I completely welcomed this opportunity to engage with such a beautiful child of God. She told us her four names and showed us her furry brown boots, and then politely said, “I have to stay close,” and walked over to her grandpa. From there she continued to wave at us and talk to us. After several minutes of telling us how nice her mommy was and telling us about he boots unzipping on their own, she looked over and in the most nonchalant manner, she said, “You girls look like princesses.” Being the Spirit person I am, I responded to the five-year old girl, “I receive that. Thank you.”
I turned to Anna and said, “that was straight from Jesus.” This sparked a really sweet conversation about the beauty of having eyes for beauty. What I mean by that is this: So many go through life and simply see things as they pass. They never stop to take a second glance. They never take a deeper look to see what could be beyond the surface. They are satisfied with a quick glance and need no more. When words are spoken, they hear the words, appreciate them, and move on, never replaying them to hear the sweetest quality.
A life lived in this manner is empty. There is much more to be experienced than the surface level of life. There is a true beauty found in taking the time gaze deep within something in order to view the beauty of the intricate details of its core. There is a sweetness in seeing something beyond the outside layer. There is a great warmth in taking the time to receive someone’s words for all they are worth.
It is such a gift to have eyes for beauty. To never be complacent with the surface, to take the time to listen close and gaze further is to be wise and to walk in complete expectancy for more. And there is always more.