Jeph Jacques once remarked: “You ought to expect better of people. It encourages you to be a better person yourself.” One of the assumed articles of our faith is that God can take what we are, work with us, and create something in us new and better.
An artist once visited a woman and found her in tears. A handkerchief of exquisite beauty that meant so much to her had been ruined by a drop of indelible ink that fell on it. The artist asked her to let him have the handkerchief, which he returned to her several days later by mail. When she opened the package and looked at her handkerchief she could hardly believe her eyes. The artist, using the inkblot as the basis, had drawn on the handkerchief a design of great beauty with India ink. Now the handkerchief was more valuable and more beautiful than ever.
In strange and mysterious ways, God can take our mistakes, our blunders, our hurts, even our pain, and transform these into sources of beauty and strength. This is good news for me—and maybe...you?