Many Beautiful Things

And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. (Mark 14:6) 
Just before her death, artist and missionary Lilias Trotter looked out a window and saw a vision of a heavenly chariot. According to her biographer, a friend asked, “Are you seeing many beautiful things?” She answered, “Yes, many, many beautiful things.”
Trotter’s final words reflect God’s work in her life. Not only in death, but throughout her life, He revealed much beauty to her and through her. Although a talented artist, she chose to serve Jesus as a missionary in Algeria. John Ruskin, a famous painter who tutored her, is said to have commented, “What a waste,” when she chose the mission field over a career in art. 
Similarly, in the New Testament, when a woman came to Simon the Leper’s house with an alabaster jar and poured perfume on Jesus’s head, those present saw it as a waste. This expensive perfume was worth a year’s common wages, so some of the people present thought it could have been used to help the poor. However, commending this woman’s deep devotion to Him, Jesus said, “She hath wrought a good work on me” (Mark 14:6). 
Every day we can choose to let Christ’s life shine in our lives and display His beauty to the world. To some, it may seem a waste, but let us have willing hearts to serve Him. May Jesus say we have done many beautiful things for Him. 
Dear Father, help me express my love to You in beautiful ways. Amen. 
This devotion blessed me today because it is full of such truth and encouragement. No matter what those around you are saying based on what they see, remember this devotion, to some it may seem a waste but have a willing heart to serve Him faithfully and you will quickly realize it was never a waste but opportunity for God to do great and mighty things through you to further His kingdom. We are just passing through, make the most of every day and may our lives display the beauty of God. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Hebrews 11:1