So excited to welcome Beth Vogt here today:) I've had the joy of becoming friends with this amazing author, grandmother, mom, encourager and above all, woman of God. It's such a treat to have her here sharing her heart on my One Word theme this year: Masterpiece. Let me get out of the way and allow her the floor!
Beth Vogt: The Beauty of Imperfection
If I’m not careful, I can stumble over the word masterpiece.
Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
World-renowned masterpieces. Perfect pieces of art, right?
But if we were able to have a conversation with the artists, they would know where the imperfections were in their creations. The “oh, I hope no one sees that mistake” moments that happened during the creative process. Maybe the slip-ups are hidden – but they are still there.
And the masterpiece is no less beautiful.
The Japanese have a cultural thread known as “wabi-sabi.” At it’s core, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and insight in earthiness – of desiring authenticity above all else.
“Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly.” ~Robyn Griggs Lawrence, “Wabi-Sabi: The Art of Imperfection”
Embracing imperfection – finding beauty in something that is marred, faulty? What a reflection of God’s love for us. While we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), God showed his love for imperfect us.
LOVE!! Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth!
I'll be reviewing Beth's new book, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, this Friday. For now, you can learn more about it or Beth here:
Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2015 and 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June). Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.