Jen's book is about a young pastor's wife who has given up on her husband. Five years have passed since her marriage went up in flames. She ran away. She gave up. She had no hope. She was convinced her marriage was over. But God had other plans.
Isn't that so often the case in our lives? God takes our messes and turns them into something beautiful. God gives us beauty for ashes. The oil of joy for mourning. The garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
What an amazing God we serve.
Beauty for Ashes
I bring to him my garden overcome
with thorns and weeds, without order
or purpose, an unkempt riot of color.
I bring to him the tangle, the mess,
the mixed up threads I worked so
hard to weave. Only to disappoint.
I bring to him the charred remains
the smoking mire, the gray ashes of
all I held dear and lost in the flames.
I bring to him the bloody remnants,
torn and shredded, of my cold dead heart,
which once beat with well-intentioned love.
I must die to truly live.
Make me beautiful once again.
Overwhelm with me bouquets
of fragrant roses, petals strewn in joy.