Did you know that tragedy possesses treasures God wants to extract?

And that God is an expert at turning bad into good?

Believe it or not, every minute of your life is counted for by God, and not one millisecond is wasted.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Now I know it’s easier said than done, but what if you really believed that to be true?

Do you think that would make you see your circumstances from a different lens…a different perspective?

God Makes Beauty From Ashes

In a world full of evil motives and suffering, beauty is not always crystal clear and is sometimes hard to see.

For example, let’s say Miss America walked into a room filled with smoke.

She, in a sense, disappears amidst all the smoke; blocking her from sight.

But does that mean her beauty isn’t there simply because you can’t visually see it?

Of course not!

When the smoke subsides or when she leaves the room you’d clearly see how her beauty was there all along.

While pursuing the clinical psychology field, I’ve come across people with past trauma and pain.

Now, this past trauma and pain may have left emotional scars, but it doesn’t have to disqualify them.

It doesn’t mean they’re now good for nothing.

If they’re still alive and breathing then God’s not done with them yet.

And the same goes for you.

God wants to extract the beauty from the trials or heartbreaks you’ve been through.

It could be to inspire another person going through the same thing, perhaps write a book, or simply draw you closer to God.

The enemy may plot tragedy in your life as he did with Job, but God can use those pains to assist Him the refining process of you!

There is beauty in every tragedy and unfavorable circumstance ask God to show you what that is.

“…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may be able to discern the perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:2 

The world wants us to harp on our trouble and pain, and wallow with them as to justify the hatred in sufferings.

But I encourage you to choose instead to be better, not bitter.

It’s unnatural to seek beauty from tragedy, but that’s God’s will—for you to live a life that is whole with Him.

When Jesus died on the cross at the crucifixion, He saw the beauty from the beginning.

And, He allowed His pain to be a catalyst for the salvation of the world.

I can’t think of anything better coming from a horrendous situation.

Romans 8:17 says, “…Indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

Can you imagine what God could do through your sufferings if you let Him?

Allow God to get the glory from it, and God will honor you.

You Were Chosen Before Birth

There are so many people in the Bible whose unfavorable circumstances led to amazing outcomes that impacted the world around them.

Take Queen Esther for example.

This is a woman God chose before the foundation of the world to be queen at a specific time and place in history.

But as a little girl, this royal calling in her future was far from a reality. 

She endured suffering and tragedy when her parents died at a very young age.

And was adopted by her uncle Mordaci—a Jew in exile under Persian reign.

With her parents gone, and having to live in a home not her own, I’m sure she felt abandoned and alone.

But her faith in God remained intact and we see how God truly never left her side.

God surely called her for a great future, but she had to experience life before she was ready to take hold of her destined position as queen.

As we know, life doesn’t always show up with a gold platter.

Esther could have been mad at God or allowed her burdens growing up to derail her from her destiny.

She could have easily believed she had no value as an orphan girl.

But she didn’t let her past rob her of her future.

And because of that, God eventually opened up a door that would allow all her tragedy to be used powerfully—for the greater good.

He had a plan for her all along…since before she was even born.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

Esther’s sufferings would be used to save a nation.

Pointing to a greater sacrifice to come as Jesus Christ would save the whole world through His sufferings.

Esther didn’t let abandonment, rejection, or tragedy keep her from believing the king could choose her as his queen.

She allowed God to have the final say so on who she was, what she did and stepped into the opportunities He presented to her.

Your Value Isn’t Determined By Your Circumstances

If I took a $100 bill and crumbled it up, it’d still be a $100 bill.

If I threw it in the trash or stomped on it, it’d still be a 100$ bill.

The value of the $100 bill does not change based on its circumstances.

And the same goes for you.

Even though life at times may feel like one big stomping, the value God has placed inside of you has not and will not change—ever.

Queen Esther saw what life had handed her and chose to believe that God could turn it all around.

She chose to trust Him, make the most of it, and walk in obedience to whatever He was calling her to do.

So if you’re struggling today, please know that your heavenly Father wants to use it for His glory.

Trust that He wants to extract beauty from it to accomplish His will and plan for your life and the lives of others.

Will you let Him do that for you?

God specializes in redeeming, renewing and restoring His children.

“If you have a small faith you can say this mountain move and it will be done for you.” – Mark 11:23

What if that mountain is a past tragedy or pain that God wants to uproot from you?

Most people view this as a physical mountain but I challenge you to recognize this may be a spiritual mountain or bondage, and it will require your faith and God’s plan for your life to move it.

Maybe it’s been a mountain you’ve been climbing and climbing, but it’s too steep.

God is showing you, let’s move it together.

For behind that mountain is the plans and purposes God’s been waiting to give you.

“Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 

God had favor on Esther and choose her for a specific destiny, but He allowed her to go through struggle first.

And in return, she could extend her personal struggle to a greater struggle for the Jewish people.

From her tragedy, she developed compassion, humility, and courage.

God knew her unfavorable circumstances and faith in Him.

Esther developed the heart and mindset to advocate for her people even in the face of death.

So regardless of her past and pain, God used her.

He knew all she could be because He set the standard.

And once she recognized that too, she was able to step into her calling without limits and rescue a whole nation.

Let God Turn Your Tragedy Into Treasure

Tragedy and suffering aren’t meant to break us but to shape us.

As long as you have breath in your lungs, God wants to use you.

Let God turn your ashes into beauty, for only He has the power to not only heal you but heal many through you.

God has called you by name and prepared good works in advance for you. (Ephesians 2:10)

The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy not just your life but your destiny. (John 10:10)

So now is the time to allow God to show you your value through His eyes and partner with Him to move any mountains in your path. (Psalm 97:5)

Let the joy of the Lord be your strength today and the portion of your heart forever. (Psalm 73:26)

Amen?