Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Beautiful Things

When we were in the United States last fall, we visited a small group (which was actually quite large) at our home church (Covenant Church International) in Raleigh, North Carolina.  That night during the worship time, the song Beautiful Things was sung. It was the first time I had ever heard the song and my heart was deeply touched as I listened these lyrics. 

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

God was reminding me of the process, this journey of growth that He has me on.  Some seasons are dark, full of storms, so hard, and so painful.  At times I feel I struggle so much and I feel so unacceptable before the Lord. I feel down right ugly and like such a mess...  Do you ever feel that way?

But this song, Beautiful Things, is so encouraging!  I am reminded of the truth...  It does not depend on me. God makes beautiful things out of the dust and out of ME!  He makes all things new in my life! HE is making beautiful things out of my life.  He works all things together for my good and God is making beautiful things out of our family being in missions.

Sometimes life in missions can be quite challenging, but at the same time I love it!  I miss my family and dear dear friends (at times painfully so - and yes I cry in these moments), yet the beautiful children whose lives we are impacting for the kingdom of God are absolutely priceless. 

 I see their smiles, I hear their worries and requests for prayer, I know the hard things they face at home and I am reminded of why I am here.  To love them and remind them of this powerful, loving God who wants to make beauty out of their ashes. 

GOD wants to make beautiful things out of these children's lives, just as He wants to make beautiful things out of my life.

When I first heard this sweet song at church that night, I was so encouraged personally. God was deeply speaking to me that He sees me as beautiful. He is working in my life making me new, making me beautiful - even when I struggle and feel like such a mess at times.  He is working.  He is faithful and good!

Then later on in the evening, at the end of the praise and worship time, all the people in the small group prayed over Felipe and I and our ministry here in Brazil.  During this special time, the leader of the group asked the worship team to play this specific song AGAIN.   She shared with us that she felt the song itself was a Word from the Lord to us.  God is making beautiful things out of our lives, and as a family in missions.

As we received prayer, my spirit was so greatly encouraged and I just wept.  The Lord began to show me face after face of the children we work with here in the slum.  He wants to make beautiful things out of their lives.  That is HIS promise!  He is a God who makes all things new and makes beautiful things out of the dust!   Even when it seems impossible, He can do it!

God reminded me of this WORD this week and I wanted to document it and declare it here. He is showing me His heart once more.  His heart, for me in my weakness and my own struggles, and His heart for the lost and hurting... His heart for the children and families living here in the slum.

  My prayer is that He will use our family (weaknesses and all) to bring His message of love and transformation to this place... 

 He makes beautiful things out of ALL of us! 
What a loving, merciful and great God!

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