You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3 ESV
It is a small, unassuming book. Within its pages are the uneven lines of dreams, prayers and hopes of a young girl’s petitions to her God. They are typical requests for a 20-year-old, pleading for life to look like the women around her. In my younger days He denied them. Fifteen years later, I understand Him a little better than back then. I’m still not a wife, mother or homeowner. It may feel like it, but denial is never doom when you belong to Christ.
Somewhere along the way we believe our lives must match everyone else's to be used by God. Traditionally, this passage in Isaiah refers to Jerusalem, but can be brought to this side of the new covenant. Our Lord names His children, held so closely, a “royal diadem,” a symbol of power. Each and every one of us proclaims His might and authority. And He uses all of us in unique ways. In the Kingdom of God, His strength is found in our differences. We mirror Him in how He’s created us. Look around your life and celebrate how He’s holding you in His hand as a display of His majesty, for His glory.
Father, Thank You for holding and using me to proclaim how incredible You are to the world. I love You so much. Amen.
What denials have been used for your good and His glory?
How can you use the way He’s created you to reflect Him to others today?
Alli is a native Texan but calls Louisiana home. During the week she teaches English and video chats with her nephew. On the weekends you'll find her lacing up her tennis shoes for a run, her nose in a book learning more about her Redeemer and Friend, and writing Sunday lessons for the younger hearts at Living Hope Fellowship. Her heart is for encouraging others to taste and see that God is breathtakingly good to and through them.