Tuesday, December 18, 2012

God's Fireworks

Everyone knows the cliche, God works in mysterious ways. True, but He also works very planned, specific ways, for a particular purpose or display. It may seem chaotic from our point of view, but to Him, He knows exactly what needs to take place to perfect His plan. Like fireworks.


So much planning and calculation goes into fireworks displays. Timing is everything. How much more does God design His plan?

How does infertility fit into His plan? Why on earth would God want me to endure this pain and hardship to play a part in His plan? What good could possibly come from this pain?

John 9:1-7
1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" 3 Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world." 6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7 and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.

Reflect on that. It was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. It's not because you did anything wrong that you are now suffering the hardship of infertility (as much as the enemy wants to make you think otherwise). It's so that God's works and glory might be displayed in you. In YOU.

I'm going to borrow a story that my friend Jen shared with me to help illustrate this point. She spent some time in Peru, and while shopping in the marketplace came upon some women selling tapestries made from llama fur. She described these tapestries as so vibrant, colorful, and beautiful. To think that the fur of this


turned into this


was unbelievable to her. At the same location, they show you the process behind making the tapestries. Of taking the ugly llama fur, refining, processing, dying, and weaving it into beautiful works of art.

She said it reminded her that God is doing the same thing in our lives. We may be stuck in the mess of life, like that nappy straw stuck in the llama's fur, unable to see the full picture. Unable to see the end of this journey. But we need to trust that God is there, refining us. Processing us. Dying us. And weaving us into His plan. Into beautiful displays of His glory.

So next time you feel stuck in the muck of life and disappointment, remember this tapestry. Remember the fireworks. There will be beauty in the end, because it's God's glory that will be revealed. Trust Him to transform and use you according to His plan.

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