Isaiah 51:3 NIV
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
I just love the fact that God can make something beautiful from what I perceive to be tragedy ..
In those verses of Isaiah I am reminded that He can take my ruins and turn them around .. Which is so encouraging, because I think that most days the ‘ruins’ override anything positive that I may have contributed to this life.
When we think of beauty .. it is often something in nature that inspires us.
For me – I see a sunset, or the lapping of waves against fine, white sand .. a glorious blue sky with puffy, vanilla clouds .. tall green, leafy trees with colourful birds darting in and out of their branches … birds with a rainbow-coloured array of feathers that glint in the sunshine ..
What is it for you?
What opens the eyes to your soul and makes you gasp with sheer joy at the beauty in the world?
The older I get the more I discover beauty in people ..
When I was younger – I tended to only look at the surface – and fill in the blanks in my head somehow. Now I am constantly amazed by the depth of character we have. Each one of us is shaped by our personality – yes .. But we are also shaped by our upbringing, our relationships, our friends and the things that happen to us. For good and .. sometimes not-so-good.
This all creates so many layers to who we are (picture an onion).
We are all unique – and that is a good thing … not a society of clones .. but beautiful and complex ..
If we take the time to know others, they may peel back a layer. This is a revelation and the beauty that makes us who we are.
Sometimes like the bark on a tree – parts of us may be hardened by things that have happened to us. These are the bits that I am reminded that I need to take to God in prayer – so that He may use them for His glory. Often I know that the twinge of defensiveness (or a reaction not quite fitting a certain situation), is a result of something else that may have even happened years ago. Sometimes this may take a while to register, and If I am wise and not too stubborn – I can allow God to grow me through it 🙂
So .. If I am so ruined, unique and complex .. I guess I am not the only one ??? My spouse, kids, family, friends, colleagues, neighbours – ALL need me to cut them some slack when they aren’t perfect …
That can be difficult for me to do ..
Good news for them (and me) is that my eyes have been really opened this week. I have been challenged as to how my actions can have a positive or negative affect in a situation, or a relationship. Without expecting perfection from myself I intend to be more conscious and less emotional in conversation and in action ..
Prayerfully, so that ‘Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing’… (maybe not the singing) 🙂