For the past 20 months, I have worked in building 300 on base. Based on how hard it is to find a parking spot after lunch, apparently so do thousands of other people. One morning this summer, as I was hiking from the parking lot to my office, I was enjoying the blooming crepe myrtle trees in the courtyard between 300 and 301, and this hidden gem nestled among the branches of one of the trees, caught my eye.

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This is a lamp post. Yes, just a lamp post. But it caught me off guard because, well, look at it! Now, if you are one of the thousands of people who work in building 300, you might understand why this lamp post stood out to me. Building 300 is an old warehouse that has been converted into offices. It looks like an old warehouse. It smells like an old warehouse (on a good day). It’s utilitarian and nothing more. But, look! We have these lovely lamp posts.

Here’s another view:

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And a close-up:

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I thought to myself, how many times have I walked this path and not noticed these lamp posts? This one little spark of beauty that someone designed to go right here, and I and probably hundreds of other people walk by them several times each day and never give them a second glance.

But hidden beauty is like that, isn’t it? It takes a second glance, a moment to look at things from a new angle, to look a little deeper, and a little closer. It takes stopping amid the mundane, utilitarian tasks of life and just seeing what might not be immediately obvious, but what is there for our joy and pleasure nonetheless.

Sometimes beauty jumps out at us like a gust of wind and takes our breath away, but sometimes it settles upon us like a soft breeze and refreshes our hearts. Sometimes it grabs our attention and obscures everything around us, and sometimes it is merely one little speck of loveliness that makes everything around us seem a little softer.

Maybe you feel a little overlooked and forgotten today. But remember, Solomon wrote that God has made everything beautiful in its time, and Jesus said that we are the light of the world. So be encouraged- even those of us who don’t feel very beautiful can rest assured that in His Kingdom, we are all lovely lamp posts. Let’s shine bright with the beauty of Jesus.

(Thanks to my good (and tall) friend Adam Randall for taking the photos!)