Beauty for Ashes

“I want to pause here and say something about faith. Faith asks us to do everything we can do, and then ask God to do what we cannot. Before the Savior raised Lazarus from the dead, He waited for everyone to do what they could do. Martha came to Jesus and told Him that Lazarus had died (John 11:21), He had the family lead Him to the grave (John 11:34), He asked the family to remove the stone which covered the grave (John 11:29), and then He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:43). Even after the miracle, Jesus asked those around help Lazarus by removing his bandages (John 11:44).

Certainly, Jesus had the power to do all of those things himself. He knew that Lazarus was dead, He knew where to go, He could’ve easily removed the gravestone, and He could’ve removed the bandages Himself as well—but He asked others to do what they could, and then He did what they could not.”

I am not Christian. But I am so happy at this beautiful understanding of God by Seth Adam Smith. I think this understanding of God is very crucial and also something people forgot after many institutions of religion became political.

I am Muslim and I really like this because God is presented in many a similar way (from my understanding) in Islam. It is said you take a step towards Him and She (God has no gender in Islamp; above those categories) will minimum take double the step towards you. So, yeah I really liked what Seth wrote 🙂

“Truth be told, I never intended my blog to become what it is today. It started out as a way for me to learn about blogging and promote the videos I had been making. I’ve always wanted to write fiction, not personal stories from my own life. But on a few occasions, I’ve felt a strong “spiritual nudge” to write or talk about my experiences with depression and suicide. Introverted as I am, I’m always very hesitant to share my thoughts and feelings on such a sensitive subject—so whenever I do so, it is because I’m following those spiritual nudges.”

I think I really liked what Seth said here as well. Being a person who also does not share much of my personal stories I am inspired that Seth had the guts to do it and it was a very good thing in my opinion. I feel that everyone has a tale to tell. Though yeah I too think that maybe my life is all dullness maybe a few gems are there or if someone thinks I am not so dull I guess it’s a good thing. Also, I really valued Seth’s honesty here. It takes a lot of courage to be honest about suicide attempts, depression and the realization that this life is yours and cannot be claimed by anyone else by you. No matter who abused you, beat you, made you a pulp to the bones — you will rise out of the ashes because you have both will and the design to claim and reclaim all that you are (predestination and choice synchronized through you) for your soul is yours and no one can ever make it theirs for it is all you and you have all the rights to it. If you are your own worst enemy takes your ashes and don them as battle scars and know you will grow new feathers and beat the rush of violences and sadnesses in you. You are born to rise 🙂

Seth Adam Smith

Angela Johnson's sculpture of the woman with an issue of blood. Angela Johnson’s sculpture of the woman with an issue of blood.

At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus read from the scriptures, saying: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted…to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:22)

In the book of Isaiah, a similar scripture finishes with: “…to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:3)

I believe in these scriptures with all of my heart.

In 2006, my chronic depression, which I had struggled with for years, had finally broken me. I had tried everything to fix my problems, but whatever I touched seemed to…

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