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Beauty All Around You

Beauty, it’s all around you. Have you noticed?

Perhaps you’re like me and you get distracted. Maybe you’ve gotten so used to your surroundings that all you see is the same old thing. Maybe you’re going through a difficult situation and you’re nose-up against it, unable to see anything else.

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I’ve been there. As a matter of fact, I spent years there. I remember being 29 and grieving the loss of my 20’s. I was not where I thought I’d be by 29 and the feelings of regret consumed me. We had just experienced a house fire and were living in a hotel suite for 4 months.

I was miserable. Life, on so many levels, was falling apart. Caving in on me, even. I didn’t understand what was happening and I couldn’t make sense of God and His plan for my life.

That’s when things get hard, eh? We try to make sense of something only God can reveal. The grief and exhaustion of it all hit me in waves, daily. It took everything in me to even think. The stress level was so high there were days when I’d talk and my mind would just go blank. I couldn’t finish sentences, let alone a complete thought. I thought for sure I was going to lose my mind.

Yeah, you could say I’ve been there; In those tight places where all you see is the mess in front of you. At least, that’s the way God put it for me one day.

“Darlene, you’re nose up against 2010. All you see is the mess you’re in right now. Step back. Step back and see a decade of My faithfulness. Step back and see a decade of My blessing. Step back.”

When I stepped back and looked at a panoramic view of my 20’s, I found a God who drew me to Him, forgave me, loved me, and provided for me. I found 20’s filled with God’s blessing, protection, and faithfulness. Looking at His track record, rather than at my failures, gave me the confidence to move into my 30’s with the peace and certainty that God’s not through with me.

Can I encourage you to take a step back today? Would you consider taking your eyes off your pain and grief long enough that you might see God’s grace, love, and faithfulness fingerprinted all over your life?  I’m not saying minimize your pain and grief. Our feelings and emotions are real. Instead, I’m saying magnify God’s faithfulness!

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”   1 Peter 4:12-13, NKJV

There’s more to your story. God is at work. He’s working inside you a work far greater than you’d be able to conjure up in your own strength. At the other end of the trial is a testimony. At the other end of your persecution is a dance of praise. At the other side of opposition is opportunity to experience God like never before. His glory will be revealed.

Because you’ve held on in faith, you will rejoice. Not just with an I’m-doing-the-happy-dance-happy, but with exceeding joy!!

There’s beauty all around you, friend. Even in this!

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