Nothing is Wasted
“I don’t love you anymore… I love someone else.”
I just discovered I have two friends whose husbands are in the process of leaving them. The words above have shattered their hearts into pieces that seem irreparable. Because really, how else do you react when someone you dedicate twenty-two years of life to says, “I don’t love you?”
Going into Easter weekend has caused me to stop and think about how all of us have broken pieces. Each of us is struggling with something bigger than ourselves; we’re juggling pieces that simply don’t want to fit back together again.
I recently had an opportunity to attend the Beautiful Offerings Tour. As a huge Jason Gray fan it was a blessing to hear his voice, and beautiful, healing lyrics. One song in particular was a special gift. “Nothing is Wasted,” is a song that speaks to the heart of our pain. No matter what we go through, no matter how many pieces our hearts have shattered into, God is not only able to put them back together, but also bring beauty from them.
While we are still standing in our ruins, it’s hard for us to see ahead. It’s hard for us to cling to the idea that anything good could possibly come from our pain, but God, who weaves the cords of our lives together, knows exactly how to fit those ruins perfectly back into our story.
“From the ruins, from the ashes, beauty will rise. From the wreckage, from the darkness, glory will shine. Nothing is wasted.” (Jason Gray – Nothing is Wasted)
Most of us are familiar with the verse “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Ps 30:5) Every day, no matter what we are going through, the sun still comes up. Every day, it still rises to bring us hope, and the possibility of a better day filled with joy. Maybe that day isn’t today, maybe it’s not even tomorrow, or the day after that, but soon.
The Bible promises that the Spirit of God would send His Son to “provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair.” (Isaiah 61:3) Easter is the fulfillment of that promise; a promise that gives us the real meaning of love. Because of His sacrifice, we have hope that one day He will use our pain to bring joy. No matter what we have to endure in the moment, no matter who does, or doesn’t love us, on that day we will see and understand that nothing in this life is ever wasted.
Photo © Salina T Gibson
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Video – Jason Gray with Lauren Daigle “Nothing is Wasted” Filmed at Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Ky.
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