Do You See an Ugly Mess? God Sees the Makings of a Beautiful Miracle

The things in your life you want to throw out, that you consider unworthy, that you try to hide, might be the very ones God wants to use.

My mother-in-law stretches a newly finished quilt across the bed. “It’s fantastic!” I tell her as I run my fingers along the careful stitching. She brushes off my compliment, “Oh, it’s just a bunch of scraps put together.”

As I consider this, I also think of how my life can sometimes look to me like a pile of scraps. I often don’t see the possibility of beauty or usefulness in it. I see small. I see ordinary. I see leftover or left out. But in that moment I suddenly realize God doesn’t share this perspective. The Maker of the universe, the One who is so big we can’t even fathom His beginning or end, dares to endow our little scraps with the divine. He is the sewer of our stories.

This is the truth every tattered heart needs: There are no scraps in the hands of God, the One who works “all things together for our good” (Romans 8:28). Every little piece will one day have a place and a purpose.

Nothing in our lives is wasted.

Bit by bit, God is making something beautiful out of all of it—and all of us.

Where you see an ugly mess, God sees the makings of a beautiful miracle.

God, You waste nothing in our lives. You take every bit of what we go through—what’s hard, happy, and everything in-between, and use it to make something unexpectedly beautiful and of great worth. Give us eyes that see from Your perspective today. Amen.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Cheering You On,




  • Today’s post is part of the free series, Summer for Your Soul: 10 Truths to Strengthen Your Heart and Brighten Your Day. You can read all the posts here.
  • Letting go is hard to do, whether it’s sending a kid off to college, releasing a dream, or moving on from a job. This week on More than Small Talk, we talk about what helps and how to embrace what’s new. Listen here!
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About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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