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.
We’re going Into the Beautiful today…would you join me there?
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