Beauty for Ashes

Posted on Updated on

Today began with a worship time with Dave, Sandy and the interns.  Kendra lead the devotion, using the story of Rahab to talk about how God picks us out of the filth of our sin, loves us anyway, and makes us His.  She led a song I had never heard, but fell in love with.  Beautiful Things.  I’m attaching it at the end of this post. If you haven’t heard it, you should listen to it.

Our friends from Israel spent today going out on another boat ride and visiting the homes of some local families here in Ostróda.  Ben and I decided to tackle some work.  I cleaned, he mowed, and then we took on the remodel of the fire pit.  When I joined him in shoveling out the old pit, he solemnly commented that back at home he probably wouldn’t think anything of the ashes, but here…

His words echoed in my mind, and I found that I had to distract myself while we worked, because I just couldn’t think too much about that, but not before God brought to my mind these verses from Isaiah 61.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

This afternoon, I spent a little time reading a book I brought, What Women Fear.  It is written by a woman (Angie Smith) whose daughter died just a few hours after birth.  Although this book isn’t specifically on that topic, she refers to it in the chapter I read today saying “There is great sadness in the valley, and there is confusion, but I can say with certainty that I trust Him more than I did before having and losing Audrey.”  I can resonate that statement.

The theme continued when we met with the interns for some sharing time this afternoon.  We finished the sharing of each person’s testimony and I thought back over the things I had heard.  Every one of them spoke to a time of being brokenhearted, in darkness or mourning.  The death or near-death of someone close to you, divorce, a terrible event or circumstance…. it’s part of every life.

But He gives beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair.  He makes beautiful things out of us.  Please pray with me that he will work this miracle, as only He can, in the lives of these people.

“Beautiful Things” by Gungor.

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new
You are making me new

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

2 thoughts on “Beauty for Ashes

    Donna & Charlie said:
    June 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Keep posting. Beautiful!

    Like

    Shirley Howard said:
    June 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you for posting about your day “,hope to here you sing this song! Keeping you guys in my prayers! Be Safe

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s