This world can certainly give us some ashes. It can take beauty and reduce it to a pile of burnt up, crushed, and useless junk. But thankfully, God takes what is meant for evil and He uses it for good! He takes my brokenness and my mess, my pain and my emptiness, and He creates a new life overflowing with indescribable beauty and joy. In the hands of God, my ashes become the most beautiful thing ever seen!
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”