Friday, December 2, 2016

Tears of Beauty Beyond the Ashes of Pain

“The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.”
 Alain de Botton
Liken de Botton’s quote with the story of your life, if you’ve risen from the ashes.
That season of brokenness we endured, in the faith that something better was imminent, ultimately, even as endurance was tested dozens of times, proves the above truth right every time.
As we reminisce we cry because God has made that cause of our brokenness the very catapult that has restored us. The foundation of this was our salvation experience; that God proved Himself reliable to be trusted, because we trusted. And because we trusted, He showed us the effectiveness of our faith. That faith of ours, cooperating with His power, made a way for us to be resurrected from the ashes of our circumstances.
We cry tears of grateful joy because what was a miracle — a series of miracles, attesting not to some random magic, but to the reality of the repeatable God — came to be true in our experience. Our faith is sure never to be rocked again.
We have no reason to doubt our faith when faith is the purpose of life, for without it is to deny who we actually are.
There is great hope in the reality of brokenness as God convinces us that what was the worst thing could not have reconciled anything better. The worst thing — the end of one life’s hopes — came to be the best thing — the beginning of a new life’s hope!

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