This week I heard a song by US band Gungor – Beautiful Things
If you listen to the lyrics it speaks of the distinction between staying who you are in the same old circumstances, and the transforming power of God which takes our chaos and turns it into a ‘Beautiful thing’.
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You”
Have you ever thought “How can something good come out of the chaos and pain I am surrounded by?”, I know I have.
For me, this song makes me look at my life, which is at times so chaotic that I don’t know which way is up, and at other times so mundane that watching the grass grow seems like a fun afternoon activity. My life, which reaches the giddy highs of joy, laughter, friendships and relationships and other times crashes to the lowest of lows with sorrow, fear, sickness and a feeling as though I have really made a mess of it all. Whatever pace I am going at or how I am feeling, I always come back to the question of how can something good come out of what I am going through right now?
The bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “…that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (New Living Translation)
I have found that when I try and live my life in my own strength, my plans don’t succeed. All that I try to do to make right seems to fall apart at the seams. However, when I allow God into my life and circumstances my chaos and pain seem to work together to create a ‘beautiful thing’.
If you’re wondering how to receive this ‘new life’ because the one you are living at the moment seems like it’s spiralling out of control, may I suggest you look more into the life God wants you to live. One that He created for you, and you alone. What are the promises in the Bible that speak life into your situation? Do you know who Jesus is? Have you handed over the reigns to your life over to him?
Have a look at your circumstances that surround you at the moment and try and find the good amongst the pain and chaos.