In Its Time {by Ainsley Stanley}

Today I’ve invited my wonderful friend, Ainsley, to write on here. Ainsley has been one of my closest friends for the past three years. We don’t see each other often but I know I can always count on her constant support, guidance and laughter at anytime. Today, I hope she inspires you to trust in Jesus and his beautiful timing.

IMG_3152

><><><><

Beauty is something powerful. Beautiful things always give me a heart of worship towards God. It’s like something stirs inside of me that screams “GOD IS SO COOL” whenever I look at a sunset or a starry sky. When I gaze at them it’s as if all of my doubts melt away because I am convinced that something so beautiful can only come from God.

But beauty is also found in many other things. Like thunderstorms. Many don’t like to think of a thunderstorm as beautiful. But I do. I love to sit on my porch wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of coffee warming my hands and watch the lights dance in the clouds and listen to the sounds of the rain beating down and thunder booming. I seriously love it. 

Sometimes it’s hard to find beauty in the ordinary. In the dull. In the hurt. In the change. It’s something I’ve personally been struggling with – finding beauty in my life.

fullsizerender

Ecclesiastes 3 really tugged on my heart. 

“I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 

 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 

 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

I know that everything God does will endure forever;
nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.”
-Ecclesiastes 3:10-14

Verse 11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” I need to remember this. Everything works out. In God’s time, not mine. I may not be able to see it now, and chances are most of the time I won’t. But God can bring good out of any situation. I am constantly in need of a reminder that God brings beauty out of it all.

Any powerful story I’ve heard has had a low point to it. The most amazing and inspiring people I know all have stories about how God took the pain and the sorrow and the change and transformed it into something beautiful. Something far beyond what we could imagine. 

So trust Him. In the midst of everything you’re going through remember that the outcome of what God can do is so so beautiful.


IMG_3756-9

This post is part of a 31 day series. If you’d like to see the rest of the series, click the photo above.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “In Its Time {by Ainsley Stanley}

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s