Beauty Of The Ashes ♥Throughout our lives, we all experience different degrees of mistreatment. Whether it is a minor hurt or major abuse, each fiery offense tends to leave us "burnt" in one way or another. Like wood that is burned in a fire leaves behind ashes, when we are burned by the mistreatment of others, we are left with a pile of emotional and mental ashes we must deal with.”
- Joyce Meyer
I’ve learned many things after reading Joyce Meyer’s “Beauty for Ashes.” At some points in my life, I also experienced these ashes. I was hurt, betrayed, misjudged and rejected in the past. I tried not to harbor resentment against people or circumstances which caused my suffering. I didn’t want to linger in bitterness and unhappiness. But I would be a liar if I say that it was as easy as ABC. It was hard. I could never deny the fact that it was really difficult to pretend that I was happy in front of other people when I knew that inside, I felt that I was slowly cut into pieces. I really struggled to get rid of all the bitter feelings that made my life miserable. I knew I couldn’t do it myself. I didn’t know where the healing would start.
When I came to read this article, I learned that true healing comes from understanding God’s perfect love. I realized that God loves us so much and He doesn’t want us to live a broken, unhappy life. If we surrender our life to Him, he will bind up our wounds and heal our bruises. God will use every fragment of our life for good.
So, from then on, every time I feel mistreated or hurt, I immediately turn to God. I’m always exchanging my ashes for God’s beauty.
…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:3)