Beautiful Things

I rugged myself up with an embarrassing amount of layers to sit outside on the deck for some air and a wee pray this afternoon. It was a brisk 7 degrees (Celsius – don’t worry my Fahrenheit friends, I’m not that hardcore), and as I sat there looking at the sky and the trees, and breathed in the gloriously fresh air, an old Gungor song that I used to love came to mind. I started singing quietly:

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

Then I found the song online, and as I listened, tears sprung to my eyes as I felt an overwhelming surge of hope.

This time in humanity could be called many things – stressful, political, fraught, volatile, wearying…but I reckon ‘dust’ does a pretty good job of describing how things feel right about now. Like so many things have blown up and burnt down, and we’re sitting exhausted in the ashes, just waiting to see what else is going to catch fire.

And even in my own life, there’s definitely what could be summed-up as a dusty vibe going on (and that’s not just referring to the situation happening in the master bathroom). I find myself in a ‘what next’, survival frame of mind, on the defensive against the ‘rona, and the conspiracy theorists, and emails that let me know that my kiddo’s gotta quarantine from preschool, thereby stealing the few precious hours I had to work in peace this week.

And for many of you, it’s even worse. It’s family members who no longer feel able communicate in a civil manner with each other, it’s church families split down the centre, it’s marriages and families pushed to the edge with the added stress of loss of income or childcare.

And then there’s the weight of global warming, natural disasters, food shortage in poorer nations, and on and on it goes. It gets so heavy, and it’s so easy to find myself in a downward spiral of thinking that nothing’s ever going to get better.

But if I believe in redemption – which I really do, it’s my favourite word of all time – there is so much hope. Not that everything will turn out the way that I hoped and planned, but that out of this very dusty, very broken, very barren and wasted place, the Redeemer has plans to create a masterpiece.

The messy state of the world right now is not overwhelming or too much for Jesus (although heart-breaking, I’m sure) – He’s in amongst it all, like a faithful gardener, planting exquisitely beautiful seeds in the fertiliser made from our broken dreams.

You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.

Love you friends,
Deb xx

4 thoughts on “Beautiful Things

  1. Deb- just what i needed to read- in all the messy stuff right now- God is right with us and hE will see us through!! Love your words of encouragement !! U r a great writer!! Love you!!

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  2. Thankyou Deb….I feel the past year has taken alot of courage….balancing lives and caring for and about others…all with an undertone of ‘not normal’ with covid factors (please know I apoeeciate we are getting off lightly in New Zealand) …Your words allow some warm tears of appreciation..appreciating your descriptions…appreciating your ‘honest’…grateful for quiet reading..allowing connection…with God made us beautiful…He knows and Loves our layers…He knows every courageous balancing….and He offers fresh breath…the softest of glances….His hand….Beautiful xxxThankyou Deb…you eased my heart this morning xxxxRae

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    1. Oh I’m so glad Rae… It really is quite a time, isn’t it? And I feel like we don’t realise all that we’re carrying until something happens to bring it out or we take a quiet moment to reflect. Bless you, you dear and wonderful lady xx

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