01.26a - Adam and Natalya (Part 1)
This chapter is dedicated to girls who are precious to me, to the ones who found the Strength to see beauty and hope in life despite what they experienced in the past and also to the ones who are still grappling around in the darkness for that Strength. May you find the hope and faith to believe that there’ll be better tomorrows. Hold on.
Trigger warning:Nothing explicit, but abuse toward minors…
When someone says ‘ya know, if you really loved God…’, the right response is, ‘let me stop you right there’. I love God and I still sin, I’m a work in progress. I’ve finally got used to that idea, now it’s your turn.
Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.
God can take what Satan meant for shame and use it for His glory. Just when we think we’ve messed up so badly that our lives are nothing but heaps of ashes, God pours His living water over us and mixes the ashes into clay. He then takes this clay and molds it into a vessel of beauty. After He fills us with His overflowing love, He can use us to pour His love into the hurting lives of others.
"Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; For beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo: Cysar Soriano