We have all heard the term many times, whether because of the fault of someone making a crucial error in judgement or maybe they just gave up. No matter the fault, there was a crash and because of the depth of the fall, there are now ashes, many ashes, rubble and smoldering of dreams and hopes.
Many of us have experienced this in our own lives and because of it we have given up on those dreams and walked away hurt, discouraged and maybe, just maybe mad at God.
As I was praying this morning, I saw in my minds eye a picture kind of like what you see here of this iconic capture of the Hindenburg crash and burn that In 1936, .the airship era screeched to a spectacular halt when the Hindenburg burst into flames while landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The disaster claimed the lives of 36 people and received an unprecedented amount of media coverage.
Maybe you feel like there is a great amount of media and social coverage about your "Crash and Burn" incident and it all came to a screeching halt.
Here's the deal though. Think about this. God almighty, your Heavenly Father, was watching the whole time. He was trying to give direction for you, he knew how the winds were blowing, He knew that you were navigating off course, of what He had purposed, but because of your own decision making though and not truly seeking His will and His purpose, is when it all came falling apart.
We have a free will, we can make our own decisions and sometimes it can seem very hard to know what the will of God for our lives are, so we move to quick, we make that right turn, because it seems like "The Right" turn, yet it threw us off course and straight into a wall. We're we listening to ourselves, the enemy of our souls, what really happened?
Here's the Good News. God is the greatest of all artist and architects in the universe. He will place you back on the potter's wheel, He will show you where and how the wrong turns occurred and he lovingly takes all the good things (your obedience, the passion in your heart, the giftings and the calling) and leaves the unwanted parts out of the mix and He begins to reshape and mold us back into what He desires.
Think about it. How many times, for those of us who have children, have you had to watch one of your children, go through the same process, the same hurt, the same mistakes..They had to learn on their own. It had to be driven into their conscience mind and demeanor and it did. They now know "I am not going that way, I am not reaching for that knob" or whatever it may be. We then pick them up, knowing it was painful. Allowing that teenager, who knows everything at 17, to do that thing, you have told them time and time again, "Will truly hurt you" BUT, they have to learn on their own.
Back to the Good News. God takes all of our ashes, from the crash and He forms it into beauty and He rebreaths that wonderful sense of His presence back into our lives, into our hearts and He wraps His arms around us. This time, we know we do not want to lean to our own understanding, that we want to acknowledge Him in all our ways and we know that He will make our path straight and we can move forward for what He has designed us to be. We have to allow this process to take place. God's faithfulness is so great toward us. Take a look at just some of the promises He has given us, in His love letter to us:
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
Isaiah 49:7 This is what the LORD says -- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel -- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
1 Corinthians 1:9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Last but assuredly not least is His promise to create the Beauty He desires in all of us. So, if you have "Crashed and Burned" know this we all have and we more than likely will again..Yet, God is faithful and will take our ashes and make beauty from them, again and again.
He will provide for those that grieve
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.