God Likes to Create Beauty From Tragedy

Every time I look at a majestic landscape, the kind that leaves you speechless, I can’t help seeing the Flood in it.

The whole world is filled with signs of erosion, sedimentary deposits, and major movements. There’s so much, it makes it hard to even guess what the “very good” landscape God first created looked like.

I’m sure it was beautiful because God was pleased with it.

Today, though, many of us find the most delightful and inspiring places are the way they are because of the worldwide judgment God used to destroy that first land.

This got me thinking about us as people.

We don’t look anything like what we would have if Adam and Eve had turned their wills and hearts over to God. We have all been hurt by mutations, tough environments, and the sins of our family, others, and ourselves.

But God has made some amazing promises to us:

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

This verse isn’t just talking to people who live in Israel because the first verses in Isaiah 61 were quoted by Jesus to explain why He came. Jesus came for every person who would believe in Him!

Here’s what Paul thought about all the bad things that happened to him. Some were physical, some were even memories of the rotten things he’d done:

Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong. II Corinthians 12:10

Some things we go through aren’t going to show their true beauty until Jesus comes back.

These troubles test your faith and prove that it is pure. And such faith is worth more than gold. Gold can be proved to be pure by fire, but gold will ruin. When your faith is proven to be pure, the result will be praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ comes. I Peter 1:7

What do we learn about who God is from both the world around us and His promises in our lives?

God isn’t a waster. If He allows something to happen, He’s going to use it for good. Not everything will be lush, green, and fruitful like it would have been. But it can all be beautiful!

Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. Psalm 76:10

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6 thoughts on “God Likes to Create Beauty From Tragedy

  1. Don Ruhl

    Cheri, I want you to know that your post moved me to do a sermon this coming Lord’s Day, March 16. If you are subscribed to GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com, you will get a notification when I have posted the sermon online. However, at the present I am waaaaaay behind in posting, so it might be a month or so before I get it online.

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    1. Cheri Fields Post author

      I’m honored and thrilled! God is amazing and having a chance to share this with others is one of the greatest pleasures in life. 🙂
      My family works in mental health and most of my friends have experienced serious damage in their past. The joy and glory when God restores them to love and usefulness is incredible. When I started realizing how clearly nature reflects the same aspect of God, it was awesome and satisfying.
      Do you do podcasts? That’s the only format I’m not having to whittle down for time’s sake!

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      1. Don Ruhl

        I never saw this comment, and I am just now seeing it. If you mean by podcasts sermons and classes that are posted somewhere, you can go to GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com. I used to have my sermons appear in the iTunes store, but after Apple dropped MobilMe, I was not able to do that anymore. However, I have discovered that such can be done again, so I may check into that.

  2. SLIMJIM

    Isaiah 61:3 really leaped at me today with your posts, since I’ve been focusing on verses 1-2 several months ago while preaching through Luke and I didn’t go on to see verse 3. What an amazing grace, and an amazing truth!

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    1. Cheri Fields Post author

      Sermons are hard. If you tried to include everything you see, people would never get their lunch and probably wouldn’t come back! I know my husband tends to tell me all the extra stuff he had to cut.
      Actually, soon I plan to write about the similarities between the Bible and DNA where there are multiple layers of meaning as you dig into things. We will never get to the end of God’s Word!

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