“Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance” (Psalm 16:6b).
Not long ago, I passed a lady walking on the side of the road. Slim and toned, she seemed so put together.
I didn’t know her, but my mind began to taunt me about how wonderful her life must be.
Exercising at this hour, she must have all kinds of flexibility in her days (certainly not a caregiver for an adult child.).
I bet she doesn’t have any financial worries (just look at her matching workout clothes).
She probably has great close friendships and some supportive mentors (she looks confident and popular).
Here I was assessing a total stranger’s life as perfect based on outward appearances. Yet I knew better.
Difficulties Assault Us All
Difficulties, of some sort, assault us all. Maybe hers isn’t such a wonderful marriage. Maybe her children are prodigals. Perhaps a loved one recently died or she feels alone.
Worse yet, maybe she doesn’t have the hope of Christ!
It’s easy to slip into thinking someone has it much better than we do. But we all carry some sort of burden.
A burden that, as Christians, shouldn’t drive us to comparison, but should instead drive us to our knees.
A burden that, as we lay it at the feet of Jesus, produces something beautiful in our lives and/or in the lives of others.
A few minutes after passing the outwardly put-together walker, my wandering mind began to wonder about her hard story. She certainly had one.
Our Ugly-Beautiful Stories
What was her ugly story that God had already turned, or could turn, into something beautiful? Did it mirror mine, or had she walked through tragedy I couldn’t comprehend?
No matter, God can redeem them all. He transforms the dark into light; the desert into an oasis.
He redeems our ugly stories, those most difficult parts of our lives, and grows something lovely from them.
A Beautiful Inheritance
The Lord promises redemption, not necessarily in way of a comfortable and easy life, but ultimately in a beautiful inheritance.
An inheritance of invaluable treasure! Life everlasting! Forever with our Lord!
All we need to do is receive it. It’s free. It’s for all who turn to Jesus.
And it’s not dependent on outward appearance. It doesn’t depend on how put together we are.
Whether your life outwardly looks the part or not, if you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your inheritance is truly beautiful.
So, we can stop comparing our lives to others, imagining their lives as far easier than ours.
Each of our stories, if we abide with Christ, has a beautiful ending: the promised inheritance of a heavenly future.
In faith, believe in this good and beautiful gift!
Reflections: What’s your ugly-beautiful story? How does the promise of your beautiful inheritance bring you hope?
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