Grace Makes Beauty Out Of Ugly Things

(Modified Post From August 2, 2010)

In our household, when it comes to our plants, B is the head honcho.  He is much more attentive to their needs.  You know, little things, like actually remembering to water them.

Recently, we came back from out of town and our herbs were looking particularly parched.

Behold the evidence:

As you can see “Minty” is not doing so well.  If I were her sole owner, I would have chucked her right when we got home.  But lucky for Minty, she has two parents, and one of them believes in her.  (If this is a glimpse into actual parenting, I may be in serious trouble).

Each day, B gives me specific instructions for our fledgling little herb.  When to put her outside, when to bring her inside, when she needs water, etc.  Rather than giving up, (as I would have done long ago) he sees her future potential.  When he comes home, one of the first things he does is check to see her progress.  I love how B refuses to give up on her.

On a MUCH larger scale, I love how God refuses to give up on us.  When we’re weak, dry, and shriveled up, God never thinks about chucking us.  Rather, He nourishes us, feeds us, refreshes us, and sees our potential.  He believes in us. 

U2 sings a song about grace and one of the lines is, “Grace makes beauty out of ugly things.”  Now, when I see that little plant, that is the first thing that comes to mind. 

For when we’re like Minty, only through God’s grace can we be transformed into something that is beautiful, flourishing, and thriving.  Minty’s future is still unknown, and while she may not make it, praise God that in Him and through Him, our future is established.  We are loved, valued, restored, redeemed, new, re-purposed, and set apart.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Isaiah 61:1,3

“See, I am doing a new thing!
       Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
       I am making a way in the desert
       and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19