10. The Principle of Beauty

That great song by Carole King, “Up on the Roof,” tells of a wonderful and transforming vantage point of life:


So when I come home feeling tired and beat
I’ll go up where the air is fresh and sweet
I’ll get far away from the hustling crowd
And all the rat-race noise down in the street

On the roof, that’s the only place I know
Look at the city, baby
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let’s go up on the roof

There’s a “rooftop” for each of us in this world, a place where one is able to not only sense life’s beauty but to be transformed by her as well. And it’s her job, you know — to transform us. But to enjoy her work we must be of a willing spirit, of a soft and malleable heart, alert, listening and watching out for the opportunities of growth. 


When I was a boy, I enjoyed climbing up on our garage roof at night; it was just high enough to change my perspective and allow me to briefly escape the world. I’d look up at the stars and marvel at how things so far away could actually exist.


And at night the stars they put on a show for free
And, darling, you can share it all with me
That’s what I said
Keep on telling you

That right smack dab in the middle of town
I found a paradise that’s troubleproof
And if this old world starts a getting you down
There’s room enough for two
Up on the roof…

Days 10-12 Guide


Where do you go? Who do you talk to? How are you transformed by the work of beauty? God has given us so many doorways to those unexplained places of the mind and the soul. Even the dark corners of life hold the power of transformation. This weekend I want you to search for those places of sanctuary and change. Where do you go?


When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I’ll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space

On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be
And there the world below don’t bother me, no, no


I’d enjoy hearing about where you go; send me an email.


© 2004 Levi Hill

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