Day Fifty-Two: Find Beauty in Pain

“After all this has passed, I still will remain 
After I’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain 
Though it won’t be today, 
Someday I’ll hope again 
And there’ll be beauty from pain 
You will bring beauty from my pain” – Beauty from Pain, Superchic[k]

This song always reassured me in the midst of my struggle with my eating disorder. It gave me hope that life would get better, and God would create something beautiful out of the mess I made. 

In the moment, it’s hard to see the beauty of a life full of heartache, addiction, and destruction. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine freedom. Sometimes the idea of change seems impossible. When the tears keep coming and the behaviors never stop, it’s hard to trust that something beautiful will arise. 

In that moment, life seems like a big, ugly mess. 

God is working behind the scenes, though. That moment of hopelessness is God’s opportunity to do something great. Even when we don’t see the beauty, God is painting. He’s splashing colors onto the scene while we still look at our surroundings with black-and-white eyes. 

He’s creating beauty in the midst of your pain. 

Today’s challenge is to look for beauty. Look for the beauty in the trial at your feet today. Don’t give up hope. Don’t resign yourself to a life without beauty. If you don’t see it now, wait for it expectantly.

Even the worst of storms reveal a rainbow after the rain. 

Verse: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

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