As I look back in my life I realize that things haven't always been perfect. Sometimes looking back makes me sad but I constantly have to remind myself that the process was necessary so that I can be where I am today.
Life isn't always pleasant or happy but it's full of beauty when we decide to stop a moment and just look around us. I don't know about you but there was a time for me where I couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to live in this world anymore. I couldn't find beauty in anything because I chose to let the circumstances in my life take control of my mind, heart, eyes and body. My mind was exhausted, my eyes were darkened and my body, well it was just something I can cover up so that no one can see the scars it carried.
It took a long time for me to see beauty in anything. It took about 28 years for me to find some type of beauty. It wasn't until I found myself for who I really was, that I started to lighten my eyes, ease my brain and stop hiding the scars. It wasn't until I decided I had no other way but to find that "unknown" thing I heard of but never really knew.
It wasn't until that faithful day that I had to fall so deep in order to rise above all the misery, all the hurt, all the shame...It wasn't until then that I discovered a side of me I didn't know before. The side that I had kept locked up and oppressed inside myself. The side I was pleasantly shocked to find. The strong, the brave, the warrior that I was and never met. The side that embraced the scars in my heart and on my body. The scars that longed to come out but I managed through the years to keep them from others.
I didn't know nor understood how beautiful and fulfilling it was to be able to look at myself in a whole different way. As I kept looking through the box of oppressed items, I found that I had to share my hurt with others so that they too can find that beauty in the oppression within themselves.
I tell you today that there is beauty in your pain. There is even more beauty in your scars. Do you know why? I'll tell you why! Because you too can find beauty in your oppressed box. If you dare to look inside it, you will find the you that you've never known. The you that is strong, brave, a fighter and an over comer. You can find the real you if you dare to look deep and pick each hidden pain, face it then embrace it! You'll never know how beautiful your new life and you can turn until you decide to rise above. Everything that was meant to destroy you has been utilized to make the new you.
Please share your story with me. I love to hear about the amazing beauty that was created within you!
Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory