For days, I’ve wanted to look at this piece of art I found:
The reason why might sound obvious: I want to look at this piece of art because it is art of a naked woman, and I’m a heterosexual guy.
But. That’s not the reason I’ve wanted to look at this art.
The reason I want to look is: It’s beautiful.
Maybe I’m just lonely. I spend a lot of time at home, looking after two old dogs, reading, writing, watching movies, and playing video games. A lot of my friends are busy, or I haven’t been able to talk to them, and so right now I don’t have a lot of people to hang out with. Maybe my desire to look at a piece of art like the one above comes from a desire for companionship. After all: It is not good to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
I do know this, though: That art awakened something in me. A desire.
It did awaken sexual desire. But this, this desire, is something else.
I am reminded of this quote by C.S. Lewis:
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that we were made for another world.
Such words describe how I feel about this art.
The reason why is, to quote Sharon Hodde Miller:
…women’s bodies glorify God. Dare I say that a woman’s breasts, hips, bottom, and lips all proclaim the glory of the Lord!
I believe that the beauty of this woman is directing my heart to the source of beauty — God.
…everything created by God is good… (1 Timothy 4:4)
I don’t want to lust at this piece of art: I don’t want to use this art as an excuse to live a sex fantasy.
What I want to do is get lost in this piece of art, learn how this woman’s “breasts, hips, bottom, and lips all proclaim the glory of the Lord,” and, as a result, experience a taste of what it is that my heart really, truly, wants: Paradise. Heaven.
Our hearts are restless until they rest in God. ~ St. Augustine
Where this piece of art comes from: Cortana, by “Commander182”