He never said it would be easy for us. It was easy for him. He created the world in 6 days. Spoke it into existence. But for us? Sometimes it’s downright hard! A child dies. Illness. Broken relationships. A shooting of innocents. All beginning with sin. Back to the Garden sin entered the world through one man.
It’s in those hard things that he makes things beautiful.It's in those hard things where we can be made beautiful by Christ Click To Tweet
God never promised us a rose garden. He never promised us an easy life. He never promised health weath and happiness.
He promised us peace when the hard things come.we can run from God or we can embrace the pain and grow Click To Tweet
When those things come we have a choice. We can blame God. We can run. We can be angry at him and have a pitiful existence. Or we can embrace the pain and run to Him.
Joseph embraced the pain.
Daniel embraced the pain.
Paul embraced the pain.
Nabeel Qureshi embraced the pain
Our Five Minute Friday friend Andrew, embrace the pain.
My Uncle Chip embraced the pain.
Embracing the pain doesn’t mean we never ask why. It doesn’t mean that we can’t cry and scream and fall apart when the pain hits. It does mean that we keep our eye on the end game.
You can’t tell me there weren’t ugly times while Joseph was in that prison.
I’m not convinced Daniel wasn’t scared going into that Lions den.
Paul? Beaten, stoned and shipwrecked. Ya think he might have asked, “Dear God! What are you thinking?????”
Andrew regales us with adventures of living with a terminal disease with his loving wife (reunited after divorce) while he cares for a house of doggie children among all the ugliness of that nasty illness. I know he’s wondered and struggled. I’ve read about it on his blog; and yet he draws strength from the One who created him.
Nabeel, and my Uncle lived to glorify God in this life. Their lives still point people to Christ.
It’s through the ugly that beautiful can be made by the work of Christ from the Creation to Glory.
The glory of our Heavenly Father. It's through the ugly that beautiful can be made by the work of Christ Click To Tweet
This past year has been hard. Probably harder than anything we’ve faced in our marriage. You better believe I’ve asked why God would allow three horrendous situations to occur simultaneously. One of them was enough to lay us out. To be honest, I’m not sure I’d say we embraced the pain. We’ve struggled. We’ve kicked and screamed. I’ve been angry! We haven’t understood but through it all we’ve never turned from our faith. We’ve never blamed God for these ugly situations. We’ve blamed the enemy. We’ve the sin of the people, but never the people. But we can also see the blessings from it.
The clay cannot feel as the potter molds and shapes it, but what if it could? What if it felt every cut of the knife. Every push that forms the shape? What if it felt the smashing down and rebuilding?
Molding clay is not a painless process. Refining gold is a hot business. But they are both necessary to the trade.
What if pain is necessary to God’s trade so to speak? We know we are like sheep. And we know sheep are not the smartest animals. If we had a perfect, cushy life without struggles and pain would we stay true to Him?
Will you struggle in this life? Oh YES! But I wonder, what will beautiful things will He create from that life of pain?
In His grace,
This post is part of the 31 days challenge using Five Minute Friday prompts. Today’s word was create. Yep! Broke the rules today. Oh well…
Today’s hymn: Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in Me
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity.
May His Spirit divine all my being refine
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
When your burden is heavy and hard to bear
When your neighbors refuse all your load to share
When you’re feeling so blue, Don’t know just what to do
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.
When somebody has been so unkind to you,
Some word spoken that pierces you through and through.
Think how He was beguiled, spat upon and reviled,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you
From the dawn of the morning till close of day,
In example in deeds and in all you say,
Lay your gifts at His feet, ever strive to keep sweet
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.