22Feb

God makes beautiful things out of our dust

“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” ~Isaiah 61:3, NLT

Life is just plain hard. Yes, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Some days unfold like exhausting, convoluted detours, while other days abruptly explode before our eyes. The boulder falls with a thud and so begins the task of re-assembling the millions of little pieces trapped beneath it that require nothing less than the holy, attentive hands of God.

Brokenness happens. In fact, it’s a prophesy and promise that touches us all.

Every day you bump and bounce from one hurt to the next. And at any point you can cause—or carry away—the burden of another’s heart. It’s a delicate balance to be sure.

But take heart in the journey: There is absolutely nothing beyond the reach of grace. It’s in the shattered moments God reveals His masterful design to redeem and restore our greatest mess. God makes all things beautiful and new. In fact, He’s the only one who can.

Why does God allow life to unfold in such abrupt and often painful ways? So that that amid the broken pieces of our lives, the world can see, feel, and know the saving power of Jesus Christ. It really is as simple as that.

Whatever is happening in your life right now—it’s your story written by the hand of a loving, almighty, and perfect God. So hold on beloved, His promises are true. He is making a beautiful thing out of you.

How have you seen God’s hand restoring beauty from ashes lately?

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  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    God’s definitely made beauty from my ashes. It’s incredible what He’s done in my life. I’ve needed it badly. Every time I hear a story of restoration, I just fall down in awe at His love for us. It’s overwhelming.

    And Gungor is absolutely incredible. This album may be my favorite worship album of all time.

  • Suzanne_rigsby

    He watches it fall apart but at the very moment when it seems the worst, He’s there in the eye of the storm, arms open wide saying, “I’m here”. The sureness of what He will do is beyond words. I’m living in the sureness! (is that even a word?) Well I am!

  • Tami Heim

    I am standing right there with you in that place of great sureness…and if it isn’t a word…it should be!

  • Tami Heim

    This is my favorite, too, Tony. Everyday I marvel at all He does with the mess that is me. How can we not stand in awe of Him?

  • Teasi Cannon

    This is such a sweet (and crazy) confirmation…I’ve been singing this song in my head all day. Now I read your post and it’s here. God is a redeemer – no, He’s THE redeemer! Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! That’s so God. xoxo

  • Anonymous

    That is beautiful Suzanne… xoxoox

  • Michelle Sarabia

    I see it more as my children get older and we enter the teenage years. To think at times our kids may disappoint us yet God’s grace and mercy allows the beauty to shine back on them.

  • Tami Heim

    Love it when that happens – sweet and affirming.

  • Angela Cook

    Suzanne,
    You are so right. I have never experienced more scary challenges and hurts in life than right now. It is a comfort to know – “He is in the eye of the storm with arems wide open saying ‘I’m here”. So easy to feel so alone at times like these — Praise God that He is in control.