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10.16.2014

YOU MAKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS.

Two years ago, the Waldo Canyon Fire swept through Colorado Springs and Pike National Forest, leaving widespread devastation. As I sat at home in Tennessee obsessively watching the Colorado Springs news, praying for my friends' safety, and grieving the loss for so many, the drive up Rampart Range road came to mind. That beautiful respite I loved so much. I wondered if the flames had touched it and what it would look like after the fire had passed.





The landscape still carries the scars of the fire, and some would look at those scars and only see something ugly. But if you look closely, you will see something beautiful. You'll see new life and new growth. Green grass, beautiful flowers, cute baby aspen trees. Beauty rising up out of the ashes.




I was reminded that Jesus always uses everything for good, and sometimes He burns away areas of our lives that need to go so that new and better things can live and grow. So that WE can grow. I am thankful for that. I am thankful that Jesus sees me and my scars and he calls me beautiful and honored and loved. I am thankful that he makes all things new. Remember that today, brave hearts.

37 comments:

Isa // belle + compass said...

I actually think that the destruction in itself also carries a sort of beauty - it's kind of morbid to see all those trees but also as beautiful a reminder as reminders get.

belle + compass

Robyn Black said...

beautiful words!

Chelsea said...

This was so beautiful!

Marissa Giddens said...

I love this Megan! I haven't been back up there since 2012 and I always wonder what new growth has sprung from the fire. Your pictures and words are truly a great reminder of God's godness and redemption today. Thank you for sharing.

Lauren Flowers said...

What a beautiful post Megan. There is so much beauty in these photos!

allisonramsing said...

Such a wonderful reminder of how God can make beauty out of the scars and hurt.

Rachel said...

Oh how I miss coloroado! It is so absolutely true He uses us in our brokeness to make us new!

Samantha@Elah Tree said...

Meg! You're the sweetest! I love you! this is my favorite, "Jesus always uses everything for good."

Tawni Sattler said...

So beautiful, and such truth! Thank you for sharing this!

Daisy @ Simplicity Relished said...

I love this, Meg. Especially the notion that God's love burns away those things within us that hinder our growth. Love the photos too :)

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

This is so wonderful! I love how the Lord creates new growth in dead places!

Ashley Collins said...

Amen:)

Susannah said...

This is beautiful! He truly is the creator of beautiful things!

Jessica said...

I really needed to hear this; thank you so much for this post. God bless you!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Oh I am so glad you were encouraged!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Amen!

Meg McIlvaine said...

:)

Meg McIlvaine said...

Me too! There is so much hope in knowing that.

Meg McIlvaine said...

Yes! He is always good. :)

Meg McIlvaine said...

I'm glad you were encouraged!

Meg McIlvaine said...

It's so true!! Even when we can't see the good yet. He is always good.

Meg McIlvaine said...

I miss it too! Like every day. :)

Meg McIlvaine said...

Amen!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Thanks Lauren!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Marissa! I had such mixed emotions. It was sad to see it like that and yet so beautiful to see it at the same time!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Oh thanks, Chelsea!

Meg McIlvaine said...

:) Thank you! Robyn, it was so great to meet you at the retreat!! Give Albus a hug for me. ;)

Meg McIlvaine said...

That is the truth!

Amy said...

that last paragraph.
stirred deep within my spirit - and it is by no accident that i waited to read this.
God has been doing some serious wild fire burning within my spirit, and i feel barren and broken and distraught in some areas - but that new growth is starting to happen and as painful as the process has been, it, as you said, is so beautiful and we should be thankful. <3

Jenna Brussee said...

YES. This is just so good. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I love how you tied in a spiritual truth to something that happened in nature. Thanks for sharing this!

Megan Sybrant said...

So true! Those fires need to happen to make room for more growth. My husband was a wildland firefighter for a year or so and he always talks about how fires can be a good thing (assuming they dont destroy houses or lives)

Robyn Black said...

it was great to meet you too! & Albie hugs you back! *rabbit hugs*

Hayley Gildersleeve said...

Man. I can relate to that last little bit SO much... "sometimes He burns away areas of our lives that need to go so that new and better things can live and grow" << that is my summer in a nutshell! Amen!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Amen, friend! Love you!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Thanks Jenna! Glad you were encouraged!

Meg McIlvaine said...

Exactly! It really is so good for the land! Pretty cool how that works. :)

Meg McIlvaine said...

Man, I feel like this summer was a tough one for so many. I'm so glad you see Jesus working in your life, though! :)