“Beauty” is not a destination point…

by Mandy on August 1, 2010

The treasure map in Tom & Huck's Treehouse
Image by PunkJr via Flickr

I have shared with you our story, some of our heartache, and some of our continued struggles.  Others have shared their own personal stories as well.  In reading back through all of the stories here, I have noticed one very important common thread… we are all still on the journey!

At the risk of sounding more like a Hallmark card than an encourager – Life is a journey.

When dealing with hurts, lessons learned, and the mending of broken hearts, there is no real arrival point.  You cannot mark a spot on the map of your life and expect to simply arrive at that point on a designated day.  Moving from that place of brokenness into a thing of beauty in God’s eyes is most certainly a journey – and it’s a journey of His making and not our own.  He decides where we make the pit stops along the way.  He decides if there are times we need to back track a bit or perhaps start the journey over again.  And He determines at what point the journey, the hurt, the healing all become beautiful.

Our reconciliation is most definitely a beautiful thing – a precious miracle, no doubt.  But our story isn’t over.  We don’t necessarily live in our happily ever after yet.  Life still holds trials, tests, and adventures for us.  God is still teaching us as we go, growing us into the people He wants us to be.  We have not arrived yet.  We didn’t reach that mystical X on the treasure map the day the Lord brought us back together.  That was just one chapter of many He has written in our lives.

If you are walking in the midst of a journey and wondering where your destination point is, look to Jesus. Don’t look around at the circumstances.  Try not to focus on the trials you are facing or the mountains that seem too high to climb.  Take heart in knowing that God is still in control and is still molding your every step.

He knows WHERE you are.  He knows WHO you are.  He sees the BEAUTY in who you are becoming, and the beauty from where you have been.

Just trust, and hang on for the ride!

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1 mary duncan August 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

why do you aleays bring tears to my eyes! :)


2 Mandy August 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Sorry! :) I write what is on my heart in the hopes of touching others’ hearts – not necessarily their tear ducts too!


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