God makes all things beautiful.
In reading the following, an opening statement from a devotional this morning, my heart has been stirred. Stirring in the knowledge that I have gained in the recent storm and obstacles my family has been facing, not only for the last 3 months, and seeing the beauty God is working through the struggle.
“Life is full of surprises…Anyone who has experienced life for any length of time is clearly aware of the “suddenlies” that can happen, changing life as he or she knows it forever. Tom Hank’s character in the movie Forest Gump famously quoted “My momma always said ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Indeed, we do not. These surprises can be for the better, bringing joy. Or they can be challenging, a trial that we must face and go through, in order to grow and build character. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we must hold onto our faith and trust, knowing that He has the best plans for our life”.
Wow. Powerful. Just these words, gave me a different view of how I had been dealing with, and seeing the troubling situations. We truly never know what each day has in store.
In our times of struggle, we can so easily be bombarded with what is going on, instead of seeing what God is doing, where God is taking us too. Many times, we trust in what our eyes can see, instead of trusting in the unseen, which God is working on, that which He is making beautiful. We can look and see the beauty of God around us, and very well fail to recognize that we are seeing some of God’s greatest work. The sky of blue, the beautiful color and fragrance of the flower, the green grass, and we can feel and hear Him in the gentle breeze on our face, and the rustling leaves of the trees.
Today, I recognized that God can make all things beautiful. Regardless of what we see before us. Our storm is just a passing moment in life. In my own life, just in the last few days I have seen beauty arise from a troubled past. I have seen not only my own hope restored, but the hope of one who had thought everything was lost.
So today, regardless of what you are facing, remember, that God gives us beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3 KJV) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. What we see as desolation, God see’s an opportunity.