I love how God uses ordinary things to teach us lessons about ourselves and about His Kingdom. Last week our family was on vacation and as we were driving through Utah I was reminded of something really important. We had been driving for a lot of the day through the Mojave desert, which I have never seen before, and we were looking at all the cool rock formations and caves and stuff. We went for a hike on some of the sandstone and it was really awesome. So much fun.
As we were sitting waiting for the one lane traffic to move through a tunnel, I looked over at a really sweet looking rock formation and God showed me something that I needed to be reminded of. God began to show me that those rock formations in all their beauty were created by sand and wind pelting them day after day, month after month, year after year. Something beautiful and awe inspiring formed out of turbulence. I realized that the sculpting of something beautiful is always done in a process where the sculptor is removing what shouldn’t be there in order to expose the beautiful work of art. In the case of the these rock formations, they are always changing to new states of amazing beauty. Not rocket science, I know. But it really hit me when I started to look at my life and how I react to trials and pain. When I got back I read 1 Peter 1:6-7 and the lesson sunk in real good.
1 Peter 1:6-7, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
The beautiful thing being created from the junk in our lives is a faith that is praise worthy, that brings Jesus honor and glory. As I look ahead to what God is calling my family to step into, I know that all the hardships we will face are going to produce something beautiful for his kingdom. I want to be like James and say, not with my words but with my life…“count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds.” Am I nervous? YES! Am I sure that Jesus has got me and my family? ABSOLUTELY!
Bring it on! IT”S JUST SAND AND WIND