“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
And who said there was no purpose in defeat, suffering, struggle, or loss?
God might not have created evil, but our Lord certainly does convert evil to good, through us, if we’ll endure.
We might suggest that the person who experiences defeat, suffering, struggles, and is engaged in loss, as of their status this minute, has a direct road to hope, through faith. God will prove faithful. He always has been and always will be.
Special Contingents Of Blessing Follow Horrendous Contingents Of Cursing
By way of misfortune, and of myriad form are these, those plundered by life’s ruin are selected for a divine compensation, the likes of which are manifest in the person.
Those that have been through hell, and gave up not their hope, but insisted on trudging quietly through the miry clay, despite instances of giving up, have been saved in a very special way. This is by way of prophecy. We can tell they will be blessed, by their fervent allegiance to the Lord, because God saves the best spiritual blessing of discipleship for the humblest.
Those that appear cast down in life, and cursed by inordinate level and depth, those without common privilege, will receive the richest of prizes.
And what could this richest prize look like?
The Making Of A Beautiful Person
Nothing about looks is this about. But the making of a beautiful person, one shining through from the soul outward, is the refinery of much ruin.
That person, who has gone through fathoms of despair, experiences of the abyss, having felt many senses of abandonment, has had the opposite transformation. From an ugly, self-seeking imperative, their life’s agenda has turned 180 degrees.
The fruits of compassion, of gentleness, of an uncommon sensitivity now abound. These are now part of the person, and they come without effort. They can be seen, later, as predestined to help others undergoing the most shocking of losses.
Beauty from the inside out is God’s version of human majesty. The ones with the least money, the least possessions, and the least provision, with plenty of heartache to boot, are given special passage through the Holy of Holies. God’s invisible favour rests on them. And they will be a beautiful blessing to others in need.
God makes beautiful people through experiences of defeat, struggle, suffering, and loss. God’s spiritual privilege does not rest with the rich, prosperous and famous so much as it does with the least; that person made beautiful through the things they’ve endured for God.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.
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