Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:1-3
I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase, “It’ll get better.” Probably more times than we care to remember. Usually from people who’ve barely ever even had a hangnail.
This phrase makes me cringe. Do you know why?
Because it’s a lie. It. Is. A. LIE.
Sure, sometimes things get better. You have a 50-50 chance, if you’re lucky, that things will get better.
But sometimes, things don’t get better. Sometimes they stay the same. Often, they get worse.
People die, illnesses get worse, another sickness gets added to our already-overloaded immune system, cancer recurs… the list could go on, but I think you get the point.
I’ve learned one thing that is so, so much more encouraging than these trite statements people pull out in times like these. That encouragement is that good things can be yours, even if things don’t get any better. There is still beauty to be found, even in impossible times like these.
Oh, don’t misunderstand me, you may have to look long. You will have to look hard. But the beauty is there. Sometimes under layers of grime, but it’s there.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” – Luke 11:13
This year I have chosen “Perspective” as my one word. Already I’m finding that most of the time when I’m missing the beauty, it’s because my angle is all wrong. Sometimes I just have to lean to the left, sometimes it takes a complete turn-around in my thinking, but it’s always there.
And God is ever faithful to show it to me when I look. I just love all that He is teaching me through this word, and it’s been amazing how often I recognize things now that I never would have seen before.
It really is all about perspective. Perspective right where you are, not if things get better. That’s just a waiting game, and you’ll lose every time. Instead, take a new look at what exactly where you are, and ask God to show you the beauty that’s hidden there.
Do it today.
Holy Lord, I pray that each person reading this today will be blessed to see the beauty You have just for them in this moment of ugliness. I pray that they will look, reach out, and trust. Thank You for the beauty from our ashes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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