Beauty from the Ashes: A Guest Post by Rebekah

Hello, my friends!

Today, one of my dear friends and fellow writers, Rebekah, is guest posting. I am thrilled to have her posting today, and I am sure you all will enjoy her post too. ❤

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. 

Romans 8:28

       Do you know how diamonds are formed? Deep in the earth, diamonds are created under conditions of extreme heat and pressure. How about gold? Gold is refined and purified by fire. In both cases, diamonds and gold have to endure difficult processes before their true beauty is revealed. In life, we all go through these same painful processes.

      We’ve all gone through hard times. We’ve all felt pain. We’ve all had experiences we wish we could forget or wish had never happened in the first place. 

      And we often wonder, why did we have to experience all of that pain? We can’t see why those things happened to us; why we lost our loved one, or why our dreams never really worked out the way we wanted them to. But there is a purpose for your pain. God has a purpose for your pain. 

      Yes, I already know what some of you might argue. God doesn’t care; if He did, He wouldn’t have let me go through this. If God was really good, He wouldn’t allow suffering. How can this be a part of God’s plan for me? How can any good come from this?

      I know exactly how you feel. But God does have a plan. There is a purpose for your pain. Goodwill comes from what you’ve experienced. 

      You know how I know? God promises in His Word that He’ll work all things out for the good of His children. And our Heavenly Father never breaks His promises to us. When He says something, we know for sure that it’s true. So when He tells you He has a plan for your life and He’s going to bring beauty from the pain, listen because what He says is always true.

      In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” God can see the whole picture. He knows your past and He knows your future. He knows what’s best for you in the long run. And because your Heavenly Father loves you with an unimaginable, unconditional love, He will always do what’s best for you, even though, to you, it might not seem like it at the time. 

      Like a good father, God will stop you before you unknowingly do something that may bring harm to yourself or others. To you, this might feel unfair, seem unpleasant, or even painful when God does what’s best for you. But God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what is best for His children and will always do what’s best for you, because He loves you.

     It will be difficult, even painful at times. But you can trust your Heavenly Father because He always has your best interests in mind. Whatever you’re going through right now, God is with you (Joshua 1:9). He’s standing next to you, ready to take your hand, or even pick you up and carry you. He’s right by your side, helping you every step of the way. 

     God also allows us to experience trials to grow us into who we’re meant to be so that we can better glorify Him. Our purpose in life is to bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father. The hardships we go through help us become more like Jesus and allow us to be able to bring glory to God through our stories. 

     God uses hard times to shape us into who we are meant to be (James 1:2-4). So when it feels like the flames are too hot and you’ll never be able to escape, remember that these hard times are refining you into who God has called you to be. And when the pressure seems to be more than you can bear, remember that this isn’t the end; you’ll endure these trials and you’ll come out on the other side, strong and beautiful. 

     God will bring good from the trials, gold from the fire, diamonds from the pressure, and beauty from the ashes.

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post! Thank you so much for reading!

       

About the Author

Rebekah has always enjoyed reading and, now, she has a passion for writing. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading, spending time with her family, and playing music. As a writer, she spends hours exploring her own fantasy worlds, befriending her characters, and most importantly, aims to glorify God and encourage others with her work.

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