Something Good and Beautiful

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Currently, I am reading one of my favorite books, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskin, to my fifth grade homeroom.  The main character, Caitlin, a child with asperger’s, is dealing with the death of her brother.  She’s searching for closure for herself, her father, and her new friend Michael, whose mother was killed along with her brother.

 

During the process of finding closure, Caitlin says, “I don’t think I’m going to like it at all. I think it’s going to hurt. But after the hurt, I think maybe something good and strong and beautiful will come out of it.” Each time I read those words, my breath is taken away, and I choke away tears because….well, isn’t it true?

 

We go through trials. We make mistakes.  We hurt, and we ache.  But God promises us this in Romans 8:28: All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Paul’s words tell me that, God is going to use my hurt, my struggles, and my pain for something good and strong and beautiful. The translation of Romans in 8:28 in The Voice confirms: We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.

And I look around at my sisters in Christ, at what they are going through……brain cancer, miscarriage, deployment, loss of job…..whatever the struggle, whatever the trial, whatever the tragedy…..God will accomplish His purpose through those things. God’s purpose, God’s will is good and beautiful and perfect.  Therefore, we can be like James and declare with confidence, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3)

 

Some of us will run into this holiday season with excitement and anticipation of perfect gatherings and celebrations.  Others will tiptoe with dread and anxiety because they won’t hang the stocking of the child they lost, or a beloved family member will be missing from the dinner table.  But God is in those moments.  He will take those sorrows and bring something beautiful out of them because He is the God of Hope, and what better time of year to be reminded of that than during the Season of Hope.

 

I’m praying for you, friend.  I’m praying that you’ll lay down any burden you have this holiday season, that you’ll allow God to bring healing and peace, so you can be a walking testimony to His goodness.

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