In Others’ Words: Beauty in Unexpected Places
Many of you know that my family evacuated our home last Tuesday when the Waldo Canyon Fire erupted in the Foothills several miles from our neighborhood. We packed our cars with some precious family items — photos, a few treasured heirlooms, a cooler of food. One of the items I took with me is pictured above. A gift from my husband a children years ago, it hung on the wall in our dining room as a reminder.
A reminder of what?
Ah, therein lies the value of the carving.
There was a season in my life when I struggled with finding healing from past hurts … when finding hope was a moment to moment journey. I fought against doubt and despair — and my family, as much as they loved me, couldn’t fix things for me.
One Christmas, my husband and children — after much whispering and hiding away in the garage — presented me with a pillowcase-wrapped present, complete with a bow. When I opened it, I found a wood carving which was the exact replica of a necklace my husband had given me years earlier. He said the symbol — a heart with a cross in the middle — represented our marriage.
My smiling family surrounded me as my fingers traced the outline of the carving, tears blurring my vision. When I commented on how beautiful the gift was, my husband instructed me to turn it over.
“I wanted you to be reminded that God can bring beauty out of ugliness.”
My husband’s words that day touched something deep in my heart … the faintest glimmer of hope. Yes, God could bring beauty out of the ugliness I was experiencing. He would. And he did.
As my community recovers from the Waldo Canyon Fire, I know that beauty will be revealed from the ugliness of this fire. I’ve already glimpsed it in the caring of friends — even in the caring of strangers who have helped us.
In Others’ Words: When have you been able to see past the misery to the beauty?0 I like this!