Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Broken and Beautiful

So, the McLean's went camping.  We had such a great time together.  It was cold.  David worked hard to keep us warm.  The campsite was really beautiful, the leaves were changing colors, and there was a definite crispness in the air.  On most of my short hikes to the bathroom I chose to take the path thru the woods rather than the cleared path.  I would get tangled in branches, clothes lined by spider webs, surprised by leaf covered holes, it was basically great.  After one of  these trips I returned and noticed that there was a leaf caught in my scarf.  I picked the leaf off and looked at it.  In the fall I'm always picking up leaves.  I'll find leaves that are perfect and beautifully colored and lay them on my desk so that I can admire them all day.  But this leaf was broken.  My first thought was sadness over the broken leaf, then it occurred to me how beautiful the broken leaf was.  It was beautiful because it was broken.

So, as I usually do, I searched for spiritual truth.  I realized that I've been broken!  I stopped in my tracks and prayed.  I thanked God for the paths He's taken me down and for the beauty that is my life now.  I listened to Shawn playing with the other kids, and my heart melted.  I watched David tending our camp and I felt so loved. I wonder if I would appreciate my life now if I hadn't been broken?  I believe that my faith wouldn't be as strong, that I would probably trust myself more than I trust God.  Being broken and restored has put me in a place of complete surrender.

It seems that my life verse is Romans 8:28 and I searched for one that would be more appropriate for this post, but Romans 8:28 really says it all.  At the beginning of any struggle, Romans 8:28.  In the middle of any trial, Romans 8:28. 

And we know that all things work together for good
 to those who love God,
 to those who are the called according to His purpose.  
                                                                    Romans 8:28

I really do know more scriptures, and I promise that I'll branch out in future posts.  Sometimes you just know when it's right.

God bless ya'll!
Yolanda, The McLean Queen

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