“Do you want to hold him?”
I nodded and took the newborn baby from her outstretched arms. His tiny fingers curled in sleep, his skin was feather-soft, and his breathing rose and fell peacefully.
It was the first Sunday after our family had been torn apart. The previous week, we had stepped through the church doors as a family. It was the last time that would ever happen.
And now? Now I faced life as a single mom. Uncertainty loomed in our future.
So many things had come to an end.
My marriage, my ministries, my hopes, my dreams.
My heart hurt so badly that Sunday morning. I wanted to go to church—I really did—but it was hard to walk through those doors, knowing that everyone knew what had happened.
And then my friend walked over, with her newborn baby in her arms. She placed him gently in mine, and I held him close the entire service.
Looking back, I realize God sent exactly what I needed. That little baby didn’t just comfort me with his warmth and softness. He didn’t just fill the need for human touch.
He symbolized new life in the midst of the death of so many things in my life.
Yes, many things in my life had come to an end.
But it was not THE end.
It was actually the beginning.
For God took the broken pieces of my life and made them—redeemed them—into something beautiful.
No, He didn’t put everything back the way it was. And He didn’t heal my heart overnight.
But slowly, He put the pieces of my heart back together. He brought purpose to my life.
He created beauty from ashes.
My friend, are you in a season of heartache? Do you see only the death of good things as you view your life?
Look closer, look deeper.
God always give us a glimpse of new life in the midst of destruction. There’s always a glimmer of light in the darkness, always a whisper of hope in the heart.
Just as tender green shoots spring forth after a raging forest fire, so God brings new life in the midst of sorrow and loss.
Take courage, and keep trusting Him.
His promises are true, His presence is constant, and He will see you through.
In closing, I’d like to share some verses that have become very precious to me. They speak of how Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted, bring joy in exchange for mourning, and beauty where there once was only ashes. I pray they will bless you today.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, 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.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)