Not too long ago, I was able to thumb through a friend’s copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I took a picture of it and posted it online, intending to let the world know that I wanted a copy of it as well. Along with that post, I joked that it was the fifth most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. This prompted some folks to ask me what things one through four were.
I’ve never actually given this kind of thing much thought. I mean, I’ve certainly witnessed great beauty throughout my life, but I’ve never actually considered ranking the beauty that I’ve encountered. What am I, People Magazine? But, for the sake of a blog post, I thought I would give it a shot. As with any other list I post here, this is purely my opinion. Though, I do expect you to respect my opinion more than you would most other people’s facts.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Illustrated Edition – Obviously. This is what started this whole thing. It would be unwise to not include it now.
4. The End of the Rainbow – I’ve actually seen this twice. Well, once in person. It was at the lake a few years ago. We were sitting around the living room during one of those quick afternoon storms. As things began to clear up, we could see a rainbow form over the lake, and it came to an end just behind the house. But that’s not what I count here. The one I didn’t actually witness with my own eyes occurred a couple months ago as my church prepared to do a prayer walk on the land that we’re planning to build on. Our pastor’s wife happened to be on the property and took an amazing photo of a rainbow coming to an end on the land. If you want to see the picture she took, click here.
3. Space – Drive somewhere where there is little to no light pollution and just look up. If you’re standing in the right place on a clear night, the vastness of the universe is staggering.
2. Sunrise/Sunset – I am so blessed to live in a place that has some amazing sunrises and sunsets. The colors that stretch across the sky in the evening and the morning defy my puny imagination. This is just one example of the many gorgeous views that I’ve had since moving to Blacksburg.
1. ? ? ? – Sorry, y’all. I’m gonna keep this one to myself. Trust me, though, it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen and I sincerely doubt it’ll ever be topped.