My husband and I loaded three screaming children into our car. They were scared. They were sad. They were confused. Three young lives were coming from a life of pain and joining our family through adoption.
To try to soothe the children, we attempted to vocally calm them down, held their hands, and played worship music through the car stereo.
Gungor’s song, Beautiful Things, was the first song we heard.
“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”
The children continued to cry in anxiety, yet as the music ascended above the clamor, I found the music calming my soul in a manner to better pacify these brokenhearted children. The lyrics insistently continued.
“You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You”
Almost a year later, this memory crept up as we were beginning our morning worship time. Our daughter, one of the three children mentioned above, spoke up regarding the music playing softly in the background: Gungor’s Beautiful Things.
“I love this song!” she exclaimed!
Watching my little girl dance and sing to the music made my heart jump back to the day of pain for her.
Immediately, I thanked God that He makes all things new. I thanked Him for making such beautiful things right in front of our eyes.
What chaos are you facing today? God is calling to us through an unrelenting love and hope for us. If you were wondering if anything good could come of these trials you are facing… Yes, it can.
Written throughout the Scriptures is a calling from pain to newness through Jesus.
In Jeremiah 29:11 we read,
“For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
2nd Corinthians 5:17 says:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Life’s path will be speckled with difficulties to overcome. So often, we get caught up in the chaos that this world has to offer instead of the joy and peace that Christ has offered to us. If we rely on ourselves, we are undeniably going to be burdened with anxiety.
In order to live in the newness that the Bible speaks of in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, we must cling to the One who offers us newness, as it says in Isaiah 26:3:
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.”
Regardless of how you are feeling, regardless of your circumstances, regardless of the pain, God has promised you a perfect peace in Him through Christ Jesus.
Before these three young children could overcome their fear, they needed to trust us by building a relationship with us. Every day as the relationship grows, so does the trust that we are not going to leave them. A trust that we want a bright future for them and that we hope for them as they grow.
The same is true about our relationship with God. We need to daily build our trust in Him so that when the chaos comes, we can firmly keep our hearts aligned with His hope-filled truths.
Today, let us welcome the difficult circumstances that have manifested in our lives as an opportunity to trust God in an unfathomable approach to this world’s chaos. That is when anxiety ends and beautiful things are created anew.
I give you my deepest desires, joys and fears in steadfast trust with You. I know that through ALL circumstances that my hope comes from You. I entrust my loved ones to You. I entrust my concerns to You. There is no need for fear and anxiety as I walk in complete trust with You. Thank You for making me new. Amen."