Bright and Beautiful!

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Colossians 1:11-12 NIV

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul – not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, 12 thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

Colossians 1:11-12  The Message

I have seen many dark days over the last three years.  Darkness in various forms.  Darkness from betrayal, deep blackness of not remembering much of my childhood, and the black shadows of losing myself and having to start over. 

These verses have such meaning for me! The part that sticks out for me in the first version happens toward the end.  He has QUALIFIED me!! Now, I’m not qualified to work, not qualified to take care of my kids full time, not qualified to read recipes and follow them, not qualified to go to Africa with a team of people going (health reasons)…basically not qualified to do much of anything.

EXCEPT!!!! I AM qualified to take part in a glorious inheritance that is one day waiting for me! And I AM qualified to use the lessons I’ve learned to become a woman of great endurance, patience, and joy! That is amazing, and I know I am not deserving of any of it, apart from His great grace.

The second version touches me in a different way.  I like how the verse explains that this strength is not a gritting your teeth and “just keep on smiling” kind of strength…but a strength you can only get from God.  And you will KNOW it is from Him, because it will naturally produce endurance, patience, and all the other beautiful things that spring out of hurt and loss. 

The last part I love is the very end of the verse.  He DOES have something bright and beautiful waiting for us!  Maybe it’s all on the other side of glory.  Or maybe we’ll get bits and pieces of it here on earth.  This week, I’ve gotten glimpses into the amazing way God is using the pain of stroke and the pain of many other things, to bring people to Him! I am so humbled that He chose me, and so grateful for all those dark days!  It still sounds crazy to be grateful for pain!

But it is sheerly BECAUSE of that pain that I am able to share something Bright and Beautiful with this world!

If you are still sitting in darkness, waiting for light to shine, keep on asking Him for His strength, because then,nothing will ever be impossible.  And you too, will see the Bright and Beautiful for yourself.

 

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