And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13 : 16
This is a great story that I have read on the internet.
When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing. She took him to the concert to show her appreciation toward his progress on the piano lessons. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit, keep playing.” Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running descant. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized!
The Word Beautiful when searched in a thesaurus results in many synonyms. These include: Magnificent, alluring, appealing, charming, cute, dazzling, delightful, elegant, fascinating, good looking, gorgeous, lovely, marvelous, pleasing, stunning, splendid, etc,… Well, it is how the world defines what Beauty is! Beauty always captures others attention. Being a lady even I too have multiple glances at some beautiful girls who pass by. It is my instant reaction and I believe it happens with you too. Beautiful kids instantly grasp everybody’s attention and no one is an exception to this.
In the Bible, though I have read the ‘Acts’ book many times, I never realized that a place named ‘Beautiful’ is mentioned until the last time I read it. Yes, In Acts 3, ‘Beautiful’ is the temple gate where a man, crippled from birth, was carried and put, to beg from those entering the temple. His age is not mentioned. He probably was begging throughout all the days of his life until he saw Peter and John on one fine day. They both were about to enter the temple; that’s when the crippled man asked for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3: 4 – 10)
Peter and John, if not by the Work of God, could have done nothing for the crippled man. Only when accompanied by God Himself, they were able to transform this crippled man’s life. It was the most Beautiful thing that has ever happened in this man’s life. The one who could never walk, the one who never got to work, but instead relied on people for money, the one who was hardly respected, got the chance to walk briskly, just like how a caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly.
You can be that ‘Beautiful’ for someone’s crippled life when you have God with you. You can make a wonderful partnership with God to make miracles wherever you are! BE BEAUTIFUL! It is what God’s call for you.