Joining again with the #Five Minute Friday Community of writers to write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt. Today’s prompt is: Redeem
I don’t know about you, but I have certainly been in the midst of tragic, painful circumstance which I have seen no way out and thought that is the way things would always be.
However, no so! God has redeemed my situations – not magically, not over night, not suddenly, not even noticeably! But He has, over the years, He has changed not just my circumstances, but changed me!
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty – instead of ashes,
the oil of joy – instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.Isaiah 61:3
That is what God has done for me, through hard work, through diligence, through working my own programme, God has redeemed-
instead of ashes – a crown of beauty
instead of mourning – joy
instead of a spirit of despair – praise
He has made me an Oak of Righteousness, a planting for the Lord for the glory of His Name.
Whatever our messy story – God can Redeem it!