Beautiful Things

You make beautiful things out of the dust -Gungor, Beautiful Things

So often I think my life is just too messy. Too dirty. Too unclean and too unholy. Too icky.

Don’t we have a tendency to count ourselves out? To think that God can only use perfect people, with perfect hair and perfect skin, and perfectly straight and white teeth, with the perfect house, living in the perfect little neighborhood?

So often we count ourselves out when God most wants to count us in. When our life’s a wreck—we think we have to straighten it out before good can come.

But the thing that I love most about God is that His best creations — the most beautiful things He’s ever done — have happened in the context of messiness.

God literally created humanity out of some sculpted mud.

God showed us what true love looks like when He used the death of His own Son to bring us back to Him.

There are countless stories of how God used people in their most broken moments to make something beautiful. Paul was a murderer, David was an adulterer who murdered to cover his adultery, Joseph was abused, Elijah was suicidal, Peter denied Christ, I question everything … the list goes on and on and on.

What’s your mess? Could it be that in your dirtiest mess — God is going to build something beautiful?