She told me what God’s been doing.
How He’s picking up the broken pieces and making something new.
How He’s taken these past three years and molded her and prepared her for the beauty that’s emerging from the ashes.
“I think I like pain,” she’s concluded.
Which tells me she’s seeing the value in it.
It’s not the pain itself she likes, but the beautiful purposes of God that would have never emerged apart from that pain.
The most valuable things in life are those that are ours at great cost.
She’s experienced that cost.
But today, she’s able to thank God for breaking her heart.
“If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.” – Oswald Chambers
We all remember pains from the past.
But our pain is valuable to Him.
So valuable, He uses the pain to frame the beautiful things He’s making out of the pain.
He frames the beauty He’s making out of the ashes. The pain lines the glory of it, and makes the beauty shine brighter.
He’s the Maker of all things.
He even makes beauty out of ashes.
If He’s bringing about His purposes in this world through our pain, we can thank Him for breaking our heart.
“I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” Jeremiah 33:6
By Bethany Hayes
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