From Ashes Comes Beauty

JULY 2ND, 2020      |       There was a man whose livelihood was in the wine industry. He was asked by a friend if the drought they were having in California was negatively impacting him. He said no and that actually grapevines are amazing plants because the harsher the weather and the rougher the vines are treated, the better grapes they eventually produce. Their roots are forced to dig deep to get what they need to survive, thus producing healthier plants. This farmer had no idea how true what he said was for life in general.

 

We all are going through harsh times right now. Throughout the last few months, the pandemic has closed down businesses and schools, and fear runs rampant. No one knows when it will end or how it will affect the future. Will we adopt a new normal? However, these are the very things that make us dig deep to find what—and Whom—we need to survive. It may not feel like it now, but hold on. These trying times are making us stronger and healthier, and eventually we will see fruit coming from them.

 

God is the vine; we are the branches; and united in Him, we shall flourish. God wastes nothing, and from these ashes, beauty will arise.

From Ashes Comes Beauty

To grant those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called the oaks of righteousness…

–Isaiah 61:3 ESV

To grant those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called the oaks of righteousness…

–Isaiah 61:3 ESV

There was a man whose livelihood was in the wine industry. He was asked by a friend if the drought they were having in California was negatively impacting him. He said no and that actually grapevines are amazing plants because the harsher the weather and the rougher the vines are treated, the better grapes they eventually produce. Their roots are forced to dig deep to get what they need to survive, thus producing healthier plants. This farmer had no idea how true what he said was for life in general.

We all are going through harsh times right now. Throughout the last few months, the pandemic has closed down businesses and schools, and fear runs rampant. No one knows when it will end or how it will affect the future. Will we adopt a new normal? However, these are the very things that make us dig deep to find what—and Whom—we need to survive. It may not feel like it now, but hold on. These trying times are making us stronger and healthier, and eventually we will see fruit coming from them.

God is the vine; we are the branches; and united in Him, we shall flourish. God wastes nothing, and from these ashes, beauty will arise.

Dig deep, refuse to get discouraged—trust that the Father is with you. He has promised never to leave or forsake you.

In times of trials, don’t focus on the circumstances. Instead, ask the Father to remind you of the new fruit that’s coming.

Brenda Beattie
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