KEY VERSE: [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
MESSAGE: At the beginning of winter, I took a walk through the woods and was remembering that the trees had been beautiful and full of colorful leaves only a few weeks prior. Now the branches were bare. The field and trees were all the same dull color. As I took a picture of one tree, I couldn’t help but think how dreary it was. Still I noticed little bumps on each branch, and I thought about how those bumps would become tiny buds bringing forth new life in the spring.
I was taking this walk one year after we lost our foster son in a car accident. After the accident, I didn’t know how God could possibly redeem the situation. But slowly God reminded me of all the beautiful moments we had shared with our son, and I realized those memories were a gift that could never be taken. We were never promised an indefinite amount of time with our son, but each moment we did have was beautiful. As I’ve come to terms with the loss, God has used me to help other mothers who have lost their children.
God has a way of working for good even when we can’t see it. Sometimes we feel like we are left bare, but God heals our brokenness, allowing new life to spring forth. In God’s time, beautiful blessings can grow from our pain and brokenness.
Dear God, thank you for making all things new. You heal our brokenness and make things beautiful again in your time. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
In time, God will heal my brokenness.
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