Seeing The Beauty of Bitterness

You know God has your attention when He keeps revealing the same theme over and over to you.  Through His Word, songs, messages, devotions, others observations and through dreams.  I can not escape it, especially when I ask Him to reveal truths to me.  Just as David says in the Psalms 139

1O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

 2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

 3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

 5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

 8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

 9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

He knows me, He knows how to speak to me, He knows how to comfort me and He knows how to inspire me.  No human on the face of the planet knows the intimate details of who I am and what makes me tick.  I have been asking God to give me perspective on a thing in my life.  I want to see the good He is weaving through it.  I want to see the glory in what He is going to do in it.  I came into to work today and was flipping my devotional calendar to today’s date and when I read the words I just got the biggest grin. 

“It is nothing short of a transformed vision of reality that is able to see Christ as more real than the storm, love more real than hatred, meekness more real than pride, long-suffering more real than annoyance, holiness more real than sin. ”

We have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16

taken from the devotional calendar of Elisabeth Elliot ‘You Are Loved’

That is exactly what I have been asking God for.  A new perspective.  A new way to handle the hurt of old re-opened wounds.  He never fails.  Love never fails.  You know why Paul said we see  through a glass darkly?  He meant we would not see a full complete picture of heaven until we go there, until our body dies and our soul is set free to enter the gates of splendor.  Here on earth we feel the downward draw of gravity, the pulling of our sickness to the earth.  For out of dust we were created and to dust will we return.

 

Enduring pain, suffering persecution or tolerating annoying interruptions in our life is not enough to allow Jesus Christ to work through us, we must accept it as a gift, embrace it as a tool and offer it up to God as a living sacrifice.  It is then that we shine like the lights that God tells us we are.  The purpose? 

To turn water into wine, beauty in ashes and bitterness into the sweet smell of praise to God.  Who loved us before we loved Him. 

Close your eyes and take a deep breath.  Pray:  “Thank you Jesus for what you will do in my life today as I lay my life down, give me strength to withstand the temptation to demand my rights, give me wisdom to know where the turning point is, from left to right and most importantly help me to surrender in death to self for Christ’ glory!” Amen! 

Grace to you ~

shell

2 thoughts on “Seeing The Beauty of Bitterness

  1. Once a person gets beyond the judgement routine they find that God is ever accepting and willing to bring us into relationship with Him via the righteousness of Christ. This is so powerful that the things that kept us from Him fall away leaving us new creatures in Him ever transformed by the power of His love for us that we finally accept. Nothing, absolutely nothing is more powerful then that…no personal pain or heartache….nothing can separate us from His love!

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