“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect—they are much more interesting.” — Marc Jacobs
“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.” — Psalm 33:5
“But is it a way to find a perspective beyond situations where we feel God has allowed something in our lives we don’t understand and we absolutely don’t like? Yes it is, and I pray this helps you today.” — Lysa TerKeurst
To me, that was the most comforting response after having my things stolen (including my wallet and Macbook Pro) last week. Rather than shaming me or making me feel guilt, some people would respond with these two simple words. They reflected understanding, grace, and peace. To me, those words were beautiful.
And it’s true. We are here in this turbulent world, full of ugly things – sin, theft, hate, selfishness, danger. It’s easy to make mistakes or go through our own turbulence because of their prevalence. But when something bad happens, we so often get caught up in guilt and shame, losing ourselves and our faith throughout the situation’s unfolding.
Yet our God, this world’s very creator, loves righteousness and justice. He fills the world with it. He tells us that things will happen, but we are to fight to keep our eyes on Him through and through. He doesn’t say “it will all make sense” or “this world may be bad, but as a Christian or good person, bad things won’t happen to you.” We may not understand now and we may not like the stressful factors in this crazy world, but we do know one thing: we are to somehow find beauty through it all.
That beauty is really only available through our faith. Through refusing to be overcome by the world’s problems and through committing to be overwhelmed by the GOOD.
Let’s get overwhelmed by that wonderful Guy up above today.