I had a few errands to run yesterday. The first stop was Rachel’s classroom at the middle school. Anna came along.
I was chatting with a teacher and Anna made herself busy by the door. She was working with words, stringing together some magnetic poetry.
The first sentence was cute: “See that fun woman shine like snow.” Nice little simile. But the second gave me pause: “Beauty is always at work.”
On the gray day when the air hangs heavy and my heart is heavier still–is beauty really at work?
Well, no. Not really. But God is at work. God is always at work. Recently, John Piper said that “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.”
And God is doing beautiful things.
A friend of mine stood up at church a while back. She shared a verse from the Psalms; I remember it still. She read, “The Lord takes pleasure in His people; he will beautify His afflicted ones with salvation.” (Psalm 149:4 NASB)
I love this sweet word! In an unimaginable stroke of mercy, the Lord took pleasure in me. And He continues to take pleasure in me. He is always at work–making me beautiful, delivering me from the ugliness of my sin and healing my afflictions with His transforming grace.
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.”