Faith Reflections

Beautiful Things Out of Us

Heard this song today at a wedding of some friends.  Such a gorgeous melody all by itself but add the beauty and the promise of the words and it truly is a worship song.  I’ve been in a funk the last few days – partly detox from a summer whirlwind of travel and work but also overwhelmed with the heartache and suffering in our world.   The extreme famine in Africa, the senseless murder of over 90 young people at camp in Norway, ….  It is hard to think of beautiful things when there is such ugliness in the world.
But as followers of Jesus, we know and we believe that the ugly will not win.  Evil will not prevail.  Pain and suffering has an end and hope springs eternal. God not only has the ability but God actually DOES make beautiful things out of the sorrow in this world.
And pain and evil will not win in our lives. God makes beautiful things out of us.   And in His beauty, we go and make this world a beautiful place.  So if you are reading this and feeling lost or less than lovable or disappointed in yourself, then remember this promise:  God makes beautiful things out us and us includes u.
Beautiful Things by Gungor
All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
 

One Comment

  • Jennifer Harris Dault

    Thanks, Melissa. This fits beautifully with the sermon I’m finishing for tomorrow (Romans 8). I love that the song acknowledges the reality of pain, but points out that it isn’t the end — that God is reconciling/redeeming everything. Blessing to you in your travel detox.

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