God Brings Forth Beauty
Today's meditation writer, Cathy Baker, writes about how God has blessed her life.
I will never forget that night.
I’d just tucked my two little boys into their beds. All was quiet in our tiny duplex. Everything, that is, but my heart. It was unsettled, restless, and broken.
I knew my life was at a crossroad and as I stood peering down the hallway to the boy’s rooms, the two choices became clear: Continue down a self-driven path or surrender to the God I’d heard about all my life.
That night, I went from knowing about God to knowing Him by experience. For the first time in my life, I knew what it meant to truly surrender. I laid it all before God—my sins, failures and disappointments. I asked Him to take my life and to do with it as He pleased. I also asked Him to take complete control of my future, including whether or not I would ever marry again. I remember feeling a bit foolish for even uttering those words because of my circumstances, but I felt no condemnation in return. Instead, I sensed a heavenly Father that could not only be trusted but also loved.
As I look back on that night that took place over two decades ago, I do so with awestruck wonder.
God took me, a woman who had so much in common with the Samaritan woman at the well, and transformed my heart. He gave me not only eternal life but also an abundant one. Only God could bring forth such beauty.
God brought a godly man into my life who loved me unconditionally and loved my two boys like his own. This year, we will celebrate our twenty-third anniversary. Only God could bring forth such beauty.
Our boys, despite the turmoil of their early years, have grown into men who love and serve Jesus with all their heart. Only God could bring forth such beauty.
Our sons married women who also love Jesus and plan to raise godly families. My prayer throughout the boys’ childhood was for the cycle of divorce to stop with my generation. Only God could bring forth such beauty.
God has allowed me to share His story of redeeming power with many people through women’s ministries and the teaching of His Word for twenty years. Only God could bring forth such beauty.
Don’t get me wrong. My life hasn’t been without its failings and struggles since that night in my duplex, but through it all, God has been, and continues to be, faithful beyond comprehension.
He alone holds the power to take a messed up life and make it beautiful from the inside out.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
What beauty is God bringing forth today in your life as a result of difficult circumstances?
- Cathy Baker