Into the Beautiful Link-Up ~ A Beautiful Road

My husband took a day off work last week so that we could take our son to a nearby water park. We wanted to do one more fun summer event before the school year started back up. We had never been to this park and we were eager to check it out.

As we neared the park, we happened to drive by a street named Beautiful Road. I smiled and told my husband what a cool street that would be to live on. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized, I do live on Beautiful Road.

Next week I’m going to be turning 40 years old. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking back and I have to say that my thirties have been an incredibly beautiful decade, infinitely better than my twenties.

I’m kind of reluctant to leave this decade behind. But, it has nothing to do with growing older or getting grayer. That actually doesn’t bother me. Heck, it beats the alternative! No, my thirties haven’t been trial free. There have been many times when I’ve asked God why.

  • Why did I have a miscarriage?
  • Why couldn’t I have any more than one child?
  • Why did my best friend’s marriage crumble?
  • Why did so many marriages I know crumble?
  • Why did we have to pay two mortgages for so many years?
  • Why did our church family go through so much pain?
  • Why is my dad bed-ridden?

I don’t know the answers to these questions. However, I do believe that God has taught me some amazing lessons because of these questions. He has grown me in ways I wouldn’t have grown had my heart never had to ask these questions.

The other morning I read this verse:

He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 1 Corinthians 1:4 Message

As much as I hate trials, both going through them and watching others go through them, I love, love, love how this works. We are prompted to help others because He first helped us. My thirties have not been perfect. But, they have been a decade of watching God work despite the disappointments we experience in life. To feel His arms support us through it, to feel the support of others and to be the support for others…it’s a beautiful cycle.

I thought of this song by Addison Road as I was typing this post. And, it pretty much sums up how I feel about God’s beauty and greatness. I don’t have it figured out. But I am enjoying the journey of holding onto His hand and trusting Him through each and every season. And God-willing, I look forward to another decade.  I want to remember that nothing reaches me without first going through His beautiful hands.

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9 thoughts on “Into the Beautiful Link-Up ~ A Beautiful Road

  1. Christina

    It’s beautiful how He takes the ugly things of life and uses them to change us and draw us to Him. And then we get to help others going through the ugly and into the beautiful. Happy early birthday!

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  2. Rachel @myheartsmission

    Eileen-
    You brought tears to my eyes this morning with your touching post. And the fact that you picked that song…God is so good.
    I just heard that song yesterday while I was running on the treadmill and I had to stop b/c I started crying. It was so beautiful- and led to a wonderful time of prayer and worship.
    Thank you for the reminder that God is faithful- hearing others testify too encourages and strengthens my heart. To remember as you so beautifully stated- we are not on this journey alone.
    God bless you.

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  3. Julie

    Eileen,

    Without our trials we would never learn what God is trying to teach us or grow. You have been through so much but God isn’t done with you yet. His plans are perfecting in you every day with every breath. Breathe deep and enjoy the ride, Eileen. God is there. You are such an encouragement and beautiful soul.

    Here’s to another decade of beautiful!

    Happy early birthday! 🙂

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Julie, your words always bring a smile to my face. Thank you for your continued support, friend! I plan on putting my party hat on and enjoying the adventure of a new decade!

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  5. Caroline

    A beauty-filled post all the way around, but this is one of my favorite sentences: “I want to remember that nothing reaches me without first going through His beautiful hands.” Thank you for reminding me of that.

    Happy early birthday!

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