Meet what could arguably be the Ugliest Chair in
After removing the cover I decided to move the chair, so I could vacuum up what turned out to be a small garden plot beneath it.
That’s when I saw it. Nearly invisible beneath about 4 inches of dusty crud, laid a 3x5 index card. I hesitated to pick it up because of the filth, but I leaned down, pinched it with the very tips of two fingers and shook the gook off. It read:
Fear not, Julie. I am your shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great. (Genesis 15:1b, my name added)
That a beautiful, completely forgotten scripture rose out of the dirt to speak to me touched me to tears.
And it made me think. The same God who created dust and then used it to form us, speaks to us in the middle of our mess. When we least expect it. And when we most need it.
Sometimes ugly erupts out of me faster than I care to admit. Like when I'm driving and groaning after being cut off by a thoughtless driver. That's where God likes to meet me--right smack dab in the middle of ugly. He gently nudges me and helps me to change my bad attitude. What I love the most about Jesus is that He gets right down there with us, gently lifts us out of the gunk, and cover our ugliness with His fresh, clean beauty.
Perhaps you’re in an ugly place right now. Maybe you’re ankle deep in some crud and could use a fresh, encouraging word from the God who adores you. Maybe, just maybe, this verse is for you:
You are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. - Isaiah 43:45
My prayer for you this week is that you receive exactly what you need from the only One who truly meet that need--the One who speaks to our hearts even when they have ick in them.
Because in our ugliest moments, He gives us beautiful words.