Beth Moore writes in The Beloved Disciple, “Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God makes everything beautiful in its time. I truly believe that if we’re willing to see, God uses every difficulty and every assignment to confide deep things to us and that the lessons are not complete until their beauty is revealed. I fear, however, that we have such an attention deficit that we settle for bearable when beauty was just around the corner.”
She says, “God is never more glorified than when He brings an oak of righteousness (Isaiah 61:3) out of what once was damaged a root.”
In Reaching for the Invisible God, Philip Yancey writes, “As individuals we each begin with a different medium. Some of us are ugly, some beautiful, some brilliant, some dense, some charming, some shy. We may choose to fixate on the raw materials, the “stuff” of life. We may, for example spend our lives resenting God for a physical flaw or a facial shape or the family that reared us. We may demand that God solve those problems on our behalf (how exactly—by changing the genetic code or reinventing a family?) Yet those same raw materials which provide such resentment in some people, may also be the very ingredients used to shape us in the ways that matter most to God.”
He says, “We are participating with God to fashion from raw materials something of enduring beauty.”
Reading books like The Ugly Duckling and The Saggy Baggy Elephant with David and Daniel has put these stories in a whole new light. Issues of abandonment, being separated at birth from those of “their kind,” and therefore growing up thinking they are ugly, facing teasing by other animals, wanting to change themselves in order to fit in, struggling with their sense of identity…
Until at the end, they finally discover those who are like them—and realize they actually are beautiful.
Just as they are.