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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beauty for Ashes

Okay, so last week I was in Costa Rica (I know, I know, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it.) Anyway, as we were driving from plant to plant (work plants not green plants), I was enjoying all the gorgeousness of the countryside that surrounded me.
I mean, there were flowers everywhere, of all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Then there were these rocks that someone had painted, on the side of a mountain, just off of the CURVY, MOUNTAIN roads. The paintings were beautiful, but I couldn't help think about how dangerous it was to sit there to actually paint one. Because in some cases the rocks were located at the bottom of a steep incline, in the midst of a sharp curve. Let's just say, if it was me painting, I'd be praying that the cars coming had good breaks and the sense to use them properly!
One day we actually even saw the lady painting, and I noticed she kept a watch out. But as I looked at all those paintings and thought about how beautiful things come from painful situations. I mean, I'm sure that lady enjoyed painting, but it can't be comfortable to kneel in the sun, on the rocky ground, constantly watching to make sure some runaway car isn't headed your way. It took discomfort on her part to make those beautiful paintings.
And it made me think of how many times we as God's children put ourselves into very painful situations. We do things against God's will. We disobey His commands.
But just as that lady used her brush to make ordinarily gray rocks into a beautiful display of color, God uses our failures to make us into stronger Christians. He teaches us lessons about His grace and forgiveness. He shows us how to come to Him to overcome temptation. And most of all He shows us that no matter what, He is always there.
God can make something beautiful out of any situation. The question is whether or not we choose to allow Him to. As for myself, I can't wait to see the beauty He can make from my mistakes.


At 1:56 PM, Blogger Margie said...

what a great post!

At 6:29 AM, Blogger Diane said...

Stunning! I am completely amazed by your ability, your willingness to give God control of your entire life. This is my prayer for my son, much the same age as you. In my post today, I have written him a letter, as he is leaving for a treatment facility in California (yay! God!). How I wish he could have the same understanding that his weaknesses, his mistakes do not define him....they can be used as an instrument of God's power! You are so is when we understand the pain behind the beauty we can become excited about even our pain. For we look not just at the despair...we look for the restorative power of God as He works His mighty purpose into our offerings. All of our offerings.

You amaze and inspire me!


At 8:32 AM, Blogger Cindy Swanson said...

What a beautiful illustration! Thanks for sharing. And Costa Rica sounds like a beautiful country.

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Dawn said...

you know Heather...I have a feeling we're all about to be blessed with some amazing post from you! that was awesome and girl you are just amazing!

At 6:51 AM, Blogger staceyhoff said...

Iv'e been painting my own rocks lately. .."we look not just at the despair...we look for the restorative power of God as He works His mighty purpose into our offerings." That's exactly what God has been saying to me too, Diane. "Our God is an awesome God."
What a great post, indeed!! xoxo's

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Sista Cala said...

Sometimes paint is just not enough for the rocks in my life. I am learning to cement them together to make stepping stones to a higher place in the Lord.

Costa Rica- absolutely beautiful country-side. I was there as part of a missions team when I was 16 years old. We were only there a week, but I still remember the faces of some of the folks there and their hunger for the Message.

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