It started off during my Bible study time… I downloaded a lovely sample of 1-page short moments from Shauna Niequist “Savor: Living Abundantly Where you are, As You are”. This was my first day to use the print out and it began with….
But for me, and for a lot of the people I love, we’re discovering that, not every time, maybe, but more often than not, there is something just past the heartbreak, just past the curse, just past the despair, and that thing is beautiful….
Man, my heart is lit on FIRE for my boys to get this message! I know the sackcloth in Psalm 30 is for a person in mourning… I feel like my boys come to program every week in their sackcloth…One they haven’t chosen to put on… but a sackcloth that was forced onto them. Dirty, ripped, and evidence of struggle and heartbreak. Indicating a life that is in mourning… in mourning for the loss of their family, their education, their future.
And then came "Moore"….
As she spoke of Esther’s background and then her destiny, Beth turned to the familiar passage of Jeremiah 29:11….
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
“After… Later… Behind... Following…”
Our future is after…it is later... it is behind…it is following something. It ties back with our past. It is not that we are tied down by our past, or that our past dictates our future, but that they share the same root. In God, our past and our future share a root in Christ. Our past is something He takes hold of and in it we find a God-given destiny.
She continued with 1 Corinthains 1:26-31...
"Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
God has united you with Christ Jesus…. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
At the end... she shared that the name Esther comes from the verbal root in Hebrew str, meaning “to conceal”. There is a destiny hidden within our hearts. It may be concealed in the heartbreak, but after that history, and when our lives are found in Christ, we discover that
“a beautiful, delicate blessing” was hidden before.
Well That Sure Hits the Nail on the Head!
Going back to my first devotion of the day, Shauna Niequist wrote..
“You don’t want it to be beautiful, at first. You want to stay in the pain and the blackness because it feels familiar, and because you’re not done feeling victimized and smashed-up. But one day you’ll wake up surprised and humbled, staring at something you thought for sure was a curse and has revealed itself to be a blessing – a beautiful, delicate blessing.”
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