Tonight I'm thinking about the fact that God can still do much more than we can think or ask or imagine. He is the Creator, before I am a creator.
He has the ability to make something beautiful from anything, to make something new from garbage, light from darkness, beauty from ashes.
This past week I went to an annual benefit dinner for a ministry I love, who brings hope and healing to hurting teenage girls. This is their mission, this is what is behind much of their work.
....to comfort all who mourn
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 62:8
Everywhere within this organization you just see HOPE. Hope, knowing that what is going on in our circumstances is temporary.
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed in us." -Romans 8:18
We cannot look only at the present, only at the sufferings now. I talked with a good friend of mine today, three little kids jumping in the air like grasshoppers, her sweet girl giving herself a makeover with markers, and me, in a different season of life but struggling to hang on to a steady job.
We both decided we would not know where we would be without hope. Without Christ as an anchor for hope.
We are not without hope.
5 little words that make all the difference.
It doesn't mean we don't want to pull our hair out sometimes. It doesn't mean there aren't days we cry or scream or want to run away.
But when the world sends me garbage,
I can look for a way to send back music.
I can look for what God is doing.
It's never as far as I think.
Father God, I pray that I will be reminded more and more that the hope found in you is much greater than what the world provides. May I recognize that you can take even garbage and make something new with it, that you have the ability to make all things new.
Thank you for not discarding your children when our lives stink because we are living in a landfill without knowing it. May we learn to rest in the hope found in you and let music spill out with our lives.
Need an adventure? Listen to a song that brings you hope.
Need a suggestion? Here's one of my faves. It's in the title.