Beauty for Ashes
You see the above placard for the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA and might be thinking to yourself, “Gorgeous. Very cool. Shiny!”
No doubt, it is a fantastic college-citied music venue that is both intimate and legendary.
It has hosted celebrated acts like R.E.M., The Police, B.B. King, and DMB.
When I was in college, I frequented the Georgia Theatre many times to enjoy good music.
But two years ago, something tragic happened: a fire gutted the storied Athens landmark. You can read about it here.
If you have spent any time in Athens and/or with the University, you were affected. I was affected.
Unsure if it would ever reopen it’s doors, it was as if part of my youth was taken away from me. Okay, slightly dramatic, but still true.
On the flip side, I was able to witness the incredible happen: after two years of rebuilding, the Theatre was restored and came back to life. Beauty for ashes.
Similarly, we experience this story first hand with Christ. In our case, we deserve ashes yet receive beauty.
By ourselves, we are ruined. With God, we are redeemed.
It may not take a fire in our own lives, but rather a simple acknowledgement.
Recognizing the restoration process is initiated by God and fully-satisfied through Christ is what’s important.