Over the past few years, many people have asked whether or not God is really in control. Trials, tragedies, and feelings of insecurity have altered the way we live. However, there is no need for us to give in to fear or to doubt the goodness of God.
Tragedy and triumph frequently work together as partners. Ultimately, as we patiently trust God, we experience restoration and resurrection ... He can bring a dying dream back to life. He can heal broken bodies and mend shattered lives.
In a beautiful cathedral in Europe, a magnificent stained glass window towered above the altar. One day a violent storm shattered the resplendent window into a thousand pieces. The church's custodian hesitated to discard the multicolored fragments of glass. Instead, he carefully put them in boxes and stored them in the church basement.
A well-known artist petitioned the trustees of the cathedral for the stained glass fragments. They gave the boxes to him, not knowing his purpose. Two years later the artist invited the church trustees to his studio, where he unveiled his work. To their astonishment, he had re-created the stained glass window, and the restored window looked even more beautiful than the original.
Most of us at some point have experienced the blasting of a storm in the midst of a blessing. If you have been there, or if you are there now, and you have not yet experienced God's restoration work, you will. God specializes in restoring fragments of life into something more beautiful and more meaningful. God brings forth beauty for ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)