Beauty waits until the patience and depth of a gaze are refined enough to engage and discover it. In this sense, beauty is not a quality externally present in something. It emerges at that threshold where reverence of mind engages the subtle presence of the other person, place, or object.
~ John O’ Donohue
Perhaps God uses people more than any other medium to exhibit absolute, heart-rending beauty—the kind that causes the breath to catch, the heart to skip a beat, and the eyes to tear.
Our souls long to absorb pure beauty so that it becomes a part of us; we ache because we cannot become a part of it. We reach out for it with our minds, our souls … and we wonder—in frustration—why we cannot hold it. Instead, we are allowed to glimpse upon only a portion; the rest will not come to us until we are with God in heaven.
For we must be pure in order to comprehend, absorb, fully appreciate, and become a part of something that is pure.
~ Eric Uhland