2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
As my family and I drove home from dinner, I saw the most beautiful sunset. The sky was pink and brilliant. Wanting my kids to see it, I told them to look outside my passenger side window. My son quickly responded from his carseat, that he couldn’t see it. I so desperately didn’t want him to miss it. Pointing in the direction of the sunset, I directed him to draw closer to me so he could see it. When he saw it, we all thanked Jesus and enjoyed the beauty together.
The next day, I spent time with Jesus, confiding about some heavy things occurring in my family. I sought Him to meet me in my pain and bring comfort to my situation.
In that moment, God reminded me of the beautiful sunset my family saw the day before. He asked me, “Laura, do you see the beauty that’s on the horizon”. All I could see was the pain. I sensed Jesus saying, “come close to me. Align yourself with me. For, I don’t want you to miss the goodness and beauty I have for you in this.”
Jesus changed my perspective. Instead of focusing on the pain, I started looking for the beauty. I told Jesus, just like my son told me, “I can’t see it!”
God continues to help me to see what He sees when He looks at my situation. He reminds me, the beautiful thing on the horizon is ME! I’m conforming to His image, as I grow through the challenges, just like His Word declares in today’s verse.
What beautiful thing is God doing in your hard and challenging situations? How is God using it to bring about more Christlikeness? It’s so easy to share the pain story with others. I challenge you to share the beauty God’s bringing about through the pain.
Dear Jesus, we praise You for drawing us close to! Thank-you for sharing Your design for us to become more like You. Help us draw near to you each day! You are beautiful! ~Amen
See also, Praising God Through the Pain and Suffering.
Guest Blog by Laura Sutton