Sometimes what is missing can make something more beautiful!
Let me explain…this week I was working on a bulletin board at church. I decided to go with a winter theme so snowflakes jumped into my head. I found some patterns online that show you how to fold a square piece of paper a certain way and then cut out specific parts of the folded mass. When it is opened up, a beautiful snowflake emerges. I downloaded twelve different versions which created twelve very unique snowflakes.
As I continued to cut up my folded papers, it dawned on me that if I wasn’t cutting out the pieces, these square, white pieces of paper would never transform into exquisite snowflakes. Throughout my life I can think of many things that the Lord has removed or allowed to be removed from my life. When those things were removed, I sometimes felt pain or confusion. I didn’t understand why God would allow this in my life. But I can see the situations differently on the other side of the removal.
I specifically remember being dumped by my boyfriend in college. I thought I was so in love with him, but I realize now that if he had stayed in my life, it would have look very different. The removal of that guy helped me to grow closer to the Lord. Without my ex-boyfriend in my life, God was able to work in deeper ways to mold me into the woman I am today.
The same held true when I was fired from a job that I loved. I was a daycare director at a church where I didn’t attend but still loved the children and coworkers that I had there. With no prior notice, my overseer came with a box and said that today was my last day and that I should pack up my personal things. Then he walked me to the door. I was given no time to say goodbye to anyone. Later I found out that they wanted to hire someone who attended the church, but that didn’t help any of the feelings of failure and rejection that I experienced that day. Looking back, I realize that the Lord had been preparing me for greater things. I had learned all I needed to in that position and he moved me on to a different job where I again fell in love with my coworkers and learned so much. The Lord is revealing a plan that I could never have imagined.
What are you mourning right now? Is there someone or something that is missing and left a huge void in your life? Are you struggling with the “why”? Why you? Why this? Sometimes after a removal we think that we will never be able to move on. But that isn’t true. God has a wonderful plan for you even without that thing or person who has been removed. In fact, God is using the removal to create something beautiful in you if you would just trust him.
When we are in the midst of loss, the enemy likes to come quietly in and whisper lies to us. Our aching hearts are vulnerable and sometimes we don’t realize that we are under a spiritual attack. That is why we need to stay close to the Lord during our grieving. Yes, I said grieving. We all grieve when a piece of our life is missing even if it wasn’t good for us. Satan’s lies might sound something like this: God has abandoned you. You are alone. You will never heal from this. You must have done something bad for the Lord to allow this to happen to you.
The only way to combat these lying-fiery arrows, is to take up the shield of faith. The faith you have in who God is. The faith you have in His word. When Jesus faced his trials, his offensive move was to use Scripture. You, too, can be a victorious warrior if you slice through those lies with a Bible verse or two or three!
Another analogy we can look at is carving a stone statue. “The first part of the actual carving—is to eliminate those areas of the block that you won’t need—that have nothing to do with your figure and are obviously in the way.” (https://100swallows.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/how-to-carve-a-figure-in-marble/ ) Are there things in your life that need to be removed because they have nothing to do with the figure God wants to create in you?
“During the Renaissance, Michelangelo (1475-1564) famously described stone sculpture as the slow release of a form as it emerged out of the block.” (http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/sculpture/marble.htm ) There is a beautiful form emerging as God releases or allows things to be released from your life. You can trust that God is doing a wonderful work in you even if there are pieces missing. I know you might be grieving right now, but muster up the strength to hold the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God). Take up your warrior stance and fight into your victory. I am praying for you dear friend. The Lord is fighting by your side. You are not alone. It’s time to become what you were meant to be, a Royal Warrior.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”
“My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion forever.”