Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is off to a good start…and that you will come to see with time; that God does make all things beautiful again…no matter what we face…Amen!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…watching all the little birds and squirrels outside my window; I was quickly reminded, as to how Jesus can bring forth beauty, from our ashes of despair. You know…a person can wake up in the morning…feeling pretty bad…that is until Jesus steps in and gives them a completely different view of their surroundings.
As I was thinking more and more on this; I found myself reading a couple of my favorite Bible verses in Ecclesiastes 3…verses 11-12, which says… “He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 12) I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.”
One thing I have truly learned over time; is to not allow my circumstances to control my life. Yes…life isn’t always easy…and maybe we may not always understand what God is up to; but that doesn’t give us an excuse to sit and wallow in self-despair. In fact…I’ve learned some hard and difficult lessons, by wallowing in some muddy holes of circumstance…and one thing I have come to see; is that wallowing in self-despair only causes us to get stuck even deeper in despair.
Every day I sit…walk…cook…clean and even write in pain. It’s not always easy to get these two legs going…or even remain on my feet; but the thing that keeps me going; is the desire to live…over this pain I experience each day. I have come to see that when we sit and give up; then the problem that put us there, has now won the battle…and I don’t know about you; but I don’t want Satan or my circumstances to win out…or even take away the things I enjoy in this life.
You know…there’s a good feeling about achieving something, while facing the struggles of this life. When I look at a project that was done through pain; it seems to hold more sentimental value to me. In fact…over the summer, I did quite a few projects for our living room and kitchen…and every time I look at what I accomplished, with God’s help…I tend to see more beauty in it; then if I would have had someone else do it for me.
You know…we may all face challenges from time to time…challenges that can attempt to make us quit or even give up completely; but I have found that this only allows the path of despair, to lead us to a dead end of defeat. Nothing ever gets better…and no beauty is ever seen through these ashes of despair, when we allow our lives to come to a sudden halt.
Maybe today you are on the verge of giving up. Maybe life hasn’t treated you well…just as it hasn’t treated me well; but may I encourage you to keep pressing on. I have learned so much through time…and one thing I have truly come to see; is that giving into a problem only allows that problem to win out. Instead of wallowing beneath this problem you’re facing; why not rise above it and seek life over despair…for these times are only here for a season…and once God has completed His work; He will make all things beautiful once more. May I encourage you today by saying…don’t miss the end of the story, by shutting the book and giving up; but rather, anticipate the great finale that God has in store…just for you!
May God truly bless your day with something beautiful…just as He did for me this morning! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain