• Dana L. Butler

The Moments and the Invitations: Part 4 (He Makes All Things Beautiful)

Hi there, friends!  If you are finding this blog (or this series) for the first time, I invite you to read parts 1 – 3 of this series (they are all relatively brief), if you’d like, before continuing on with part 4.  You can start with Part 1 (link below) and then there are links at the bottom of each post to the next post.

Anyway… You can find part 1 here: The Moments and the Invitations: Part 1 (The Mundane)

Also, here is a link to the page where I lay the groundwork for this series:  The Mission: Our Path of Joy

Okay… with all of that covered… let’s dive into this 4th, and final, piece of the series:

He Makes Each Moment Beautiful

The Invitation: Trust and Peace; Keeping Our Eyes Open for Beauty (No Matter The Moment)

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  

~Ecclesiastes 3:11a 

These “mundane” and “messy” moments we’ve discussed in parts 1-2 of this series….they don’t often initially appear to be moments of beauty. As I look back over various difficult seasons of my life, most of them were seasons in which I was tempted to feel that there was NOTHING good or beautiful happening…. not even remotely.  BUT…. From my vantage point now, I clearly see God’s hand of kindness woven throughout those pieces of my history… His sweet, tender, unrelenting pursuit of my heart…even, (and especially!) in the darkest moments.  

The Father wants to birth beauty out of our darkest hours…and the seemingly empty, mundane ones too.

In our darkest seasons, He is at work. When a tiny baby is formed in its mother’s womb, it is in complete darkness.  When our circumstances are such that we can’t see our Father, He is molding, shaping, creating, doing His work in the innermost parts of our being, the secret places of our hearts.  In the darkness, He is preparing to birth beauty.

When we choose to worship Him in quiet trust, in the face of endless piles of laundry, and situations where restoration seems impossible, He takes our moments in His hands and creates channels for beauty….rivers of grace.

He has promised to work all things (all our moments and seasons) together for good to those of us who love Him.  This is beauty.  This is His glory revealed, all over our messes.

Oh, my friends… He is so faithful to do this in us, all around us, if we respond with a “Yes” of faith in our hearts to His invitations in the midst of every season.  He truly makes all things beautiful.

All things.  There is no situation that does not bring forth beauty when it is touched by His hand.

His invitation to us, in everything, is to keep our eyes open and choose to believe, to trust His heart even when all around us, our circumstances do not seem conducive to beauty.

It is in these seasons that, if we wait and watch for Him, He will burst forth like the sunrise and display His glory through our lives for the world to see.  

He is faithful… No matter how things look right now. Hold on…wait in faith…watch for Him….

Keep your eyes open for beauty.

My soul waits for the Lord

         More than the watchmen for the morning;

Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the LORD;

         For with the LORD there is lovingkindness,

         And with Him is abundant redemption.

-Psalm 130:6

I love hearing from you, friends. If you’ve been hanging around for a little while and not commenting, how about sharing a piece of your journey here today? 🙂 How have you seen the Father birth beauty in your own life? Are there circumstances in which you’re still waiting to see His redemption? 

(Of course you’re also welcome to comment with any other thoughts you may have…. I just love hearing your heart. Thanks so much!:))

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