Creating Beauty From Ashes

Very often the will of God for your life is not what you expected it to be. Though you may have made an incredible mess of things in the past and you may think you have wasted all that time walking down your own path. 

Yet God knew where you were going. He knew what you would choose. The rebellion, sins, and mistakes, but He also knew that you would eventually run to Him for forgiveness and purpose in your life. You would run and hold on to Jesus with all your heart.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:1-6

He had divine plans and purposes for everything, the good, bad, ugly, and really ugly. All your destructive ways, horrible decisions, mistakes, and missteps. He has used them all to craft and mold you into who you are now, and His future plans for you are beautiful. 

The pain, rejection, abuse, and horror He amazingly turned from misery to glory, and a testimony that gives every credit to the Lord. For without Him and His hand in your life you would be a goner. 

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:2

He knew your heart, He knew the strength He would make out of your weakness. He would use it all to turn the ashes of a lost life into beauty.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; 

To comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3

Just like the man born blind from birth was not blind because of anyone’s sin or anything anyone did good or bad. But he was born blind and suffered 40 years in this way that the Glory of God would be displayed by the hand of Jesus. 

As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. 

We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 

Having said these things, He spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then He anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. John 9:1-6

You as well will shine forth His glory because of His mighty hand upon your life. Your scars will be your testimony. Your story will be your declaration to all those who hear. He brings forth beauty out of ashes, and He wants to do that very thing for those you will touch as well.

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