THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIFT
No more fire. No more flames. No more heat. Not even embers. No hope at all. Just ashes. This was the state of my life. Every dream gone. Every desire dead. And I cried out to the Lord. And He heard my cry. He saw my tears. He took me broken when no one else would. He took my wounds and poured the oil of His love into them.
He took my hands and opened them. He took my heart and poured into it. He took the ashes of the life I once had, and He refused to give them back. He told me He needed them. For from the ashes of the life I once knew, He breathed in His Spirit and He gave me beauty. He did not give me the beauty of giving me back my dreams, and the ones that I loved.
For He knew in them was merely the illusion of the world’s measure of beauty. And He knew that in my old dreams I would never find the true beauty I sought. I could not have put a name to it, for back then I did not comprehend. He gave me the everlasting beauty, the real beauty, the raw beauty, the satisfying beauty, the forever and ever beauty of Himself.
I once believed the beauty God promises in place of ashes would be the beautiful things I wanted, and the beautiful people I desired. But when He gave me Himself, I came to see all the beauty of this world are but ashes in the face of the beauty I now behold all the days of my life in the face, in the Presence, in the almighty, in the One who is forever, the Lord.
DO YOU BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD? GIVE HIM THE ASHES OF WHAT YOU HAVE LOST, AND INSTEAD OF SEEKING TO REPLACE YOUR BROKEN DREAMS WITH THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD – OPEN YOUR HEART AND YOUR HANDS TO THE BEAUTY OF THE PRESENCE, AND THE ETERNAL PROMISE, OF THE LORD!
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV
Psa 27:1 “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psa 27:2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psa 27:3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Psa 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Psa 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psa 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psa 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Psa 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Psa 27:9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Psa 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Psa 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Psa 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
Psa 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27, KJV (underlining added for emphasis)