A Beautiful Disaster

Job 13: 15

“ Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him…”

 

There is this awesome song by Shane & Shane called Though You Slay Me. It is so good. This song portrays how the boys I work with feel. I call it a beautiful disaster.

Imagine sitting there, with your child sitting across from you. After many years battling with drugs, sex, and other hard issues they come to tell you they are so broken that they need Jesus more than anything. You sigh with thankfulness. You can see their pain in their eyes. You can hear the pain in their voice. They begin to tell you how they were once abused  and  abandoned by people they thought loved them. Their heart has become this disastrous mess because of so much trauma. They have run to everything other than to Jesus to numb pain and fill holes in their hearts. Actions directed towards, sex, drugs, and all things bad were attempts to put a bandaid over gaping wounds in their hearts that they did not know they had.

Then….

Something happens….

You see a glimmer….

A glimmer in their eyes…

Their eyes start to fill with life…

Literally in front of your eyes…

You experience the most beautiful thing…

You see life and love entering their hearts…

Then…

And only then…

This disaster becomes beautiful…

God has met them in this mess. He has shown them that what they’re chasing will not fill that void, will not heal pain, but will only make the disaster of their heart ever worse. They are at their depths and in this moment God does His most beautiful work. He invades a heart that will not accept love with a love that cannot be matched. Their heart and everything they thought they were is broken and they experience Life. They are overwhelmed with love.

In this moment you see Jesus doing His best work, bringing His prodigal child from the sludge of pigs to the feast for Kings. He tells this child, “I am proud of you”… “You are so worth it”… “I will do anything for you”… “You are mine”… “I never stopped loving you and never will.”

I get the most incredible opportunity to see this here in Mexico, where we get to be a part of the Lord’s ministry everyday. We work with boys who have come out of impossible places and through relationships with them God invades even the most hardened hearts. He slays them, and then puts them back together in front of our eyes, speaking truth over them, telling them how much He loves them with every drop of Holy Spirit glue. It is in these moments we feel so blessed that God would allow us to see such beauty, and to see His hand at work. It can be so difficult to walk through the disasters of these precious lives and mine, Lord, but WOW do you sustain us with your beautiful glimmers of Life. Thank you, Father.

 

Take some time and watch the Shane and Shane video below. I guarantee it will bring you to tears.

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