Beauty in Ashes


imagesI love facial dimples, I so wish my cheeks were decorated with those dainty dents! My friend has these awesome dimples on both cheeks and anytime he smiles, oh my, he always looks super cute. The other day, I was looking at his picture and called him ‘dimples’ by way of offering a compliment. He smiled and told me something I had never heard, thought, or considered…

He said to me, “Do you know that dimple is a deformity?” I was like, “No way! What??? That’s not possible! How could something that attractive be a deformity?” Well, curious me went straight in search of information and indeed, I found out that dimples are actually genetic defects (caused by shortened facial muscles). However, as genetically defective as they are, they are considered a mark of beauty and loveliness. For those who have ’em, dimples are DELIGHTFUL DEFECTS! How awesome is it that something, which is supposed to be a defect, turns out to be a beauty mark!

There’s a saying in my native language, “A white pap comes out of a black pot,” and another one, “When a king’s palace burns down, it produces a more beautiful palace (by the time it’s renovated).” This is to say that glorious things can very well be born out of adversity. A remarkable story in the Bible (Ruth 1:1-5, 8-9, 16-19, 19-21; 4:13-17) tells of how God turned the adversity of two women into a timeless beautiful story.¬†These two women, Naomi and Ruth, were battered and broken in the face of adversity. They both lost everything but God turned that same ugly situation into a glorious one. In the midst of the ashes, God brought out beauty. There is no way we’d trace the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ that these two names won’t be mentioned. What a beautiful story!

Do you know that there’s beauty in those ashes scattered around your life? Do you know that defect or deformity has massive potential of becoming the most beautiful thing that ever happened to you? Do you know there’s a blessing in that raging storm? Do you know that:
He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

(Crystal Lewis)

If you didn’t know, now you know! It don’t matter what your download (1)situation looks like presently, after you’ve been tried in fire, you will come out as fine gold. Your situation is a dimple – a delightful defect. You will find beauty in your ashes.

© 2015 AyotundeElegbeleye (Originally written for ThyPreciousJewels)
Jesus is LORD!

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