Finding Beauty in the Ugly

“You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.” — Gungor

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” — Colossions 1: 16-17

“We look up at the same stars and see such different things.” — George R.R. Martin

During this time of year, it’s especially easy to compare my former self to my new self. This likely is due to how it’s such a marker of time and it’s easier to see where I’ve been marked. Whatever it may be, I’ve recognized a bitterness in me since leaving my adolescence in a cozy small town and coming to the city.

I see more imminent danger, more destruction, more hunger, more injustice. I can’t trust people like I did before and sometimes avoid eye contact in some sort of attempt to stay safe. I come home and instead of feeling relief, I think of the heating bill and cost of groceries. And I don’t feel and act this way because I want to, but my experiences have taught me that I have to.

Thank GOD that there is more meaning in life than that. Thank GOD we don’t have to see the world for all its ugliness, but can see that God is doing something here. Something that can be harder to see when we walk the streets and something that is difficult to keep in focus with all the distractions of our days.

God is taking the ugly and somehow making it beautiful. He’s taking what we mess up as humans and continually renewing it. He’s relieving us from this world. And someday it really will be all beauty. For now, let’s pray that He challenges us to see what He sees in people, places and things.

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