As a child, I was terrified of fireworks, specifically the loud sound they made. I mean, c’mon, those noises can be loud (please tell me I’m not alone in this). My parents would patiently comfort me, giving me ear muffs to lessen the noise. I would sit trembling even before the fireworks started, the anticipation of the frightening noise scaring me just as much (or maybe more) than the actual event.
Then it would happen. There would be a beautiful display of lights shooting through the air in various colors. I would sit mesmerized by the beauty, even seeing past my fear for the reward at the end.
How often have I let the fear of something (whether real or perceived) hold me back from the beauty God is trying to show me?
The magnificent display of lights after the boom is worth the scariness. When we push through what scares us, we can see the beauty on the other side. Even if the beauty is really hard to see and our fears are big and legitimate, God is always there with us and that in itself is beauty.
Let’s not stop when something scares us, instead keeping on to see the magnificent works of God being displayed. Let the fireworks you see this year remind you of perseverance and God’s beauty.