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From Hardships to Beauty

From Hardships to Beauty

Everyone has a story and every story is different, don’t they? Many of those stories include a common thread: adversity, hardships, trials and tribulations. Sometimes it’s of our own doing. It’s the sin within us that attracts us and draws us away from the life God has for us. Sometimes we have no control over the events that take over our lives. Many times, it’s those hardships that opens a door to a new path that will lead us down a road we never thought we would travel. And often, that road leads to a beautiful new destination.

When asked, most people have a definite plan for their lives or at least an idea of what they would like to see happen. It can include a job they want, starting a family, or just a direction they would like to see their lives go. They probably did not envision the hardships they would have to go through.

For instance, Daniel was only a boy when he was taken into captivity after the king of Babylon took over his city. He would spend the rest of his life in captivity. This is more than likely NOT the life Daniel had expected to live. He could have chosen to live in fear, or to feel sorry for himself and his situation and hardships, or he could have even been angry at God. Maybe he did experience those feelings; however, the book of Daniel does not tell us that in the least. Instead, it tells how he and his three friends stood out from those around them because of their devotion to the Lord even during such hardships.  It tells us that even in difficult circumstances he continued to praise His God. Daniel worked his way up in the kingdom through such hardships, and before he was thrown in the lion’s den, the king was going to make him second in charge because of the abilities the Lord had given him. Even when it looked like the end for Daniel, God rescued him from the mouths of lions, and the Word states that he prospered during the reign of the next two rulers as well. 

There were many moments that could have determined the course of Daniel’s life, depending on how he responded to such hardships, but his response was always the same: trusting in the God that saves and restores. Radio talk show host Dave Ramsey says that “life is made up of not one moment, but a film strip of many moments.”
Some moments are harder than others, but ultimately, they are moments that make up the greater picture. Those hardships are always meant to grow us and lead us closer to the Lord. Only He can string those hardships together and create a beautiful masterpiece.

Romans 8:28 states that “God works for the good of those who love Him.” He used every hardship in Daniel’s life to create something beautiful, even when he found himself in captivity and enduring hardships. The prosperous life that God gave Daniel was God Himself! His hardships ultimately led to a beautiful destination: security and joy in the Lord. When we put our hope and trust in the Lord, our road will always lead to a beautiful relationship with the One who saves and restores!

That is a story to tell the world!

*We’d like to thank Heather Lynn for working with us on this important topic and are looking forward to working with her again in the near future.

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