It's never too late

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Psalm 34

I read this verse this morning and was moved. I'm at a time in my life right now where I've moved beyond my past and can laugh at my mistakes, but there was a time when I was so disappointed by my actions that I could barely look at the girl in the mirror. Did I really become all that I said that I wouldn't? Do I deserve the happiness I long for?

Well, I did become what I said that I wouldn't, and guess what? I still deserved happiness, and there was still time for me to turn around and walk the other direction. There's always time. On one hand, life is but a vapor and passes so quickly... but on the other hand, you can change things within a single moment. With a single decision. You can turn from your ways and walk with Him after wasting years of your life on things that don't matter, and live a Godly life... and that is ALL that matters to Him. Time is only relevant to us. In His eyes, time stands still. Life is a beautiful contradiction.

God makes beautiful things out of dust, and He takes great delight in cleaning you up and lifting you from the ashes. Don't linger in disappointment, and don't dwell in a place that seems too dark to remain.

I was invited to church when I was 22. I was in a bad place - not bad as in "criminal" or anything, but bad as in "I was lost and broken" - and I was seeking. I was seeking, and I didn't even know it. 

Write these names down, if you need to: Ashley and Richard Barnes asked me to come to church one Sunday afternoon, and I went. I went because my friends and I agreed to go together.... we all went that first Sunday on a rainy Washington morning, and I never looked back. In fact, I kept going to church from that morning on... even when I went by myself. I was finally home.

I looked to Him when I didn't even realize what I was doing, and He made me radiant. Piece by piece, He rebuilt the life I'd made a mess of... He remade me into something beautiful, and confident. He guided me, step by step, toward my future husband - the man I prayed for daily, for years and years - and he brought people into my world that saw my potential beneath the surface, and invested time and love into my life. He gave me opportunities, a support system, a marriage, a platform and a voice.

Invest in the people around you. Lead by example. Decide what you want for your life, and pursue it, but pursue it with Him in your heart first.

Look to Him, and don't look away.

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