You know, I've been thinkin'. I'm sure God told me he would bring beauty from ashes. And it struck me, that in order for there to be ashes, the whole "thing", whatever it is, has to be consumed and burned. Then you are left with ashes.
So...what still needs burning in my life? He is still refining something. I'm holding on, or unaware, or what?? What is it? Could it be pride? Lack of trust in HIM? Unbelief? An idol? Bitterness, unforgiveness, need for control? What is it? I want IT to become ash so that God can bring beauty from it.
What is it for you? Where has God said give it to me and I will bring beauty, yet you don't trust Him with it or you keep taking it back?
Never did I think I would be looking forward to seeing a pile of ashes, but bring it on Lord. Consume it ALL. I will wait expectantly for the beauty, knowing you are a promise keeper. Be gentle, but I am willing to walk through the fire with you knowing that I will come out on the other side not even smelling like smoke.