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The Neatest Little Paper Ever Read ®
By Ron Ross
When we say something is exquisite, what do we mean? We mean that something is of rare beauty and noticeable excellence. If something is exquisite, it has an extraordinary charm and loveliness such as the sky, a flower, a piece of music, or line of prose or poetry.
Voltaire complained, “Ice cream is exquisite – what a pity it isn’t legal.” Besides ice cream, here are some exquisite items:
The wildflowers that grow high in the Colorado Rockies are exquisite. Their delicate forms and vivid colors brighten up the hillsides into a display that must be seen to be fully appreciated.
You might not consider a shark or whale exquisite, but the ocean nearly overflows with stunningly beautifully designed and elegantly colored sea urchins of all shapes and sizes.
Black carbon may not appear exquisite, but it is an incredible element. Arrange carbon atoms one way, and they become soft, pliable graphite. Re-jigger the arrangement, and the same atoms form one of the hardest and most exquisite materials in the world – diamonds. Their strength and beauty develop over millions of years at depths of around 90 miles and in temperatures in the range of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The very process is amazing – or better yet, exquisite.
Melodies are exquisite – especially those of Mozart, one of the most enduring and popular composers of European classical music. He wrote symphonic, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music widely recognized as masterpieces of classical music.
Many pieces of fine art are considered exquisite. The master artists of the Renaissance include Leonardo DaVinci, painter of The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, and Michelangelo, the painter of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, and the sculptor of the David, a 17-foot, marble statue of the Biblical hero, considered to be technically perfect. I’ve seen the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s Pieta’, the elegant depiction of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of the crucified Jesus. They are the very definition of exquisite.
So many things can be exquisite. I’ve enjoyed exquisitely prepared and served meals at fine restaurants; I’ve watched the sun set on the Rockies and seen the sky evolve into a panoply of colors and shadows that defy description. I’ve stood at the edge of the world’s largest waterfall – the Victoria Falls and felt the wonder of their power, beauty, and splendor.
Along the way, I’ve met a variety of exquisite people – people who are discerning, refined, and elegant. Some were well-bred people of wealth and power. Some were poor but walked straight, tall, and proud as they carried a 15-gallon jug of water from the river to the village.
All of God’s creation is exquisite – especially the crowning jewel of his creation: people. Two tiny cells meet in the womb of a woman and from that moment a very special person is created. The Psalmist David realized the spectacle of God’s creation and declared, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” Psalm 139:14 (NIV).
Indeed, His works are wonderful – which means that you too, dear reader are exquisite. You too are fearfully and wonderfully made.” You too are a special creation of a perfect, loving, and exquisite God.
©2014 Ronald D. Rosss
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