This morning, as I drove to work, Taylor Swift’s new song “Begin Again” came on.
I love that song. It doesn’t have anything to do with God or the Bible at first thought. But, as I sat listening, wondering why I loved it so much, I realized the song deals with healing from pain, the past being left in the past, and the brand new.
That’s what our sin-sick souls long for, isn’t it? For our situations to be redeemed, to be made beautiful, to be renewed. For the pain of the past to be gone.
We were formed in the image of a perfect and holy God, so we ache for that perfection, and all that goes with it.
We ache for the healing of our sin-filled pain.
That’s a good thing.
Let that ache point you to the gospel.
Because that’s what the gospel is all about. Ultimately: His plan to redeem humanity. His promise to create a NEW heaven and NEW earth.
And as a reflection of that ultimate plan, His momentary plan: to create something new and beautiful from our pain and heartache– for us, for our good and for His glory.
And that’s the unbelievable part: not only will He ultimately redeem humanity’s situation, but He will redeem personal pain here on earth.
That’s a promise. “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
A trial is not intended to last forever. Heartache will never go without purpose and healing.
Every relationship that goes awry, every good thing that goes “wrong,” every heartache.
He will redeem it!
And He’s working to redeem it right now. Probably not in the way you expect. But, He will never leave the ugly, the ugly. It will all be made new.
In His way. In His time.
He made Christ’s ugly, horrific death on the cross ultimately beautiful, didn’t He?
“He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“[His mercies] are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:23
“Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new.” Isaiah 43:19
He is a God of the new and the beautiful.
And how refreshing that is, in an age of the old, worn, and ugly.
I certainly don’t have this all figured out, BUT I’m learning, praise the Lord.
Be patient, (watch for His hand working!) and know that His promises never fail. He’s good. He’s faithful. And when it’s all said and done we’ll look back and thank Him for making the past the past, the old brand new, and the pain beautiful and best of all, purposeful.
And then, may that create pure excitement in us for when perfection, beauty, and holiness return with Christ.
Watch Him make it all “Begin Again.” Both ultimately and momentarily.
Because He will.
That’s the power and love of the God you serve.