Broken to Beautiful
To give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Something beautiful, something good,
All my confusion He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But he made something beautiful of my life
If there ever were dreams
That were lofty and noble,
They were my dreams at the start.
And hope for life's best were the hopes
That I harbor, down deep in my heart.
But my dreams turned to ashes,
And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss.
So I wrapped it all in the rags of life,
And laid it at the cross. Lyrics by Bill Gaither
I remember hearing the song, “Something Beautiful” for the first time the year I was saved. My life was in shambles and I was filled with despair, disappointment and disgust. I had almost given up on life when my mother, bless her, said to me, “Dianna, you need to go to church!” I didn’t want to go to church but I did go, as my mom had suggested. Upon entering the church, I felt empty, lifeless and very much alone. But, Praise God! When I left church that day I was “Alive in Christ” and blessed with a Friend that would stick closer than a brother.
When we trust Christ as our Savior, and give Him complete control, He will replace the flaws of life with something beautiful, HIS LOVE! When we walk through the hard times of life He is right there with us turning our attitude of the situation into an attitude of thankfulness, building our character into strength, and turning something ugly into something beautiful.
“I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:3,13
Solomon, the wisest and wealthiest man in the world, had everything this life could possibly offer and understood it was all in vain if it wasn’t for the glory of God. We can try really hard to make our lives beautiful, but it is like chasing the wind. It’s fleeting and we will never be able to catch it; so the same with trying to make our lives beautiful on our own. It will not happen! The only way our life can become beautiful is if we give our will completely over to the Potter to mold us as He desires. He is the only one who can take a wrecked life and turn it into something absolutely gorgeous! “What profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?” Ecclesiastes 5:16b
Remember, God as the Potter NEVER mars His work. Sin is what mars, and we allow it to mar us. When we become stiff and deny God as the Potter in our lives, it causes us to be unusable. We must be tender, soft, pliable, and sensitive, to His hands working in and through us. We must be submissive to His molding hands, to His loving touch, and the slightest conviction of sin. Without Christ, we are unusable and marred, but when we repent, turn to Christ, and allow Him to have full control of our lives, to mold into His planned design, then He can turn something ugly and awful into something beautiful, honoring, and useful for Him.
“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” Jeremiah 18:1-6
This is a picture of God’s absolute authority and ability to form and fashion nations and kingdoms as He pleases, and for His own purposes. It would be absurd for us to dispute or quarrel with the Potter in His sovereignty over us. God formed us out of the clay, and we are still as clay in His hands today. The desired will for the clay is to submit to the Potter’s wisdom and unique purpose for life.
Thoughts: As “clay” here are some questions to ask yourself:
Am I saying “NO” to God and “YES” to the dirt in my life? Am I willing to confess my sin to a person I have wronged? Am I willing to forgive someone I am holding a grudge or bitterness toward? Am I willing to abandon any habit or indulgence that is harmful to me and/or others? Am I going to quit robbing God of the control of my life and give Him what is rightfully His?
There is only ONE HAND that can take a marred, unusable life and completely transform it into something new and beautiful, that HAND is Christ’s, our loving, patient Potter.