I took this picture of my dad and step-mom on their wedding day. It makes me happy. 🚗
When I was 16 and my parents divorced, I was pretty devastated. I don’t know of any kid who leaps for joy when their parents split.
But I see now that beauty can come from brokenness.
What I've learned from my own experiences (and I'm still learning...still totally learning), is that life doesn't always turn out the way you think it should. In fact, sometimes it's messy, disappointing, painful, frustrating, and straight-up hard.
But God promises good things to those He loves:
"'For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29
Eventually dark clouds of disappointment sweep away, sunny days return, and you're wiser than you were before. 🌅
If your life seems messy right now, I hope you let go (maybe just a little) and let God work all things together for good.
Tend & Reflect
How has God worked out some Good Things in your life?
How are you wiser now than you were before a '“messy event”?
In what ways have you developed a deeper capacity for joy and love after a hurt or disappointment?