Isn't that the truth! That is why it is so important to persevere......We are pressing toward something beautiful.
The things we must endure to arrive at our beautiful destination are worth the struggle. There should be joy in the endurance period. We should always be looking forward to what lies ahead for us! James 1:12 NLT "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."
Can you imagine with me what that will be like? We have never seen anything like it! Think of the most beautiful thing you have ever seen! It will be more glorious than that!
Another truth is that the Lord will bring beauty from .............Well...........Everything! Yes, everything. The Lord loves to take a void and make a masterpiece! He is not intimidated by a flawed canvas either. No, I believe He is thinking, "Just wait and see what I can do with this one!"
Nothing is impossible with Him. And He doesn't feel obligated to make it all look beautiful in the end, it is His delight. His name is Redeemer. He loves to restore all things. Renew all things. "He makes all things beautiful in it's time." Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV
He is believing beautiful things for our lives. We cannot even imagine the wonders that will soon be unveiled for us. When looking back upon our past, the beauty we were blinded to while traveling through will be delightfully obvious.
It is not always easy! Neither is winning an Olympic medal. Or running a marathon. Or raising a child. How about nurturing a marriage or being a Christian in a fallen world. Not easy! Not at all!
Beautiful things are seldom easy!
But don't you love beautiful things?
I pray you will have a glimpse of His beauty today and it will empower you to keep on running toward the prize!