BUT BITS OF CHALK
I remember when I was young...my mother used to paint with pastel chalks. I would sit and watch her so intently as she turned a plain blank piece of white paper into something magical. She would sketch something vague and then in no time all all it seemed have created something beautiful. What amazed me, was she would take one of the "most broken" pieces and use them to smudge leaves onto trees or clouds into the sky and then with her hand push the color into "beauty". Isn't that what God does with us? He pushes us into a beautiful "Masterpiece"...His masterpiece...and he most often does it with the "most broken pieces". He does it when we are the most "broken".
I've been noticing lately in Scripture is that we aren't alone in this. God himself—powerful and holy as He is—knows what it is to have his heart broken. He's fully engaged with us, pouring out his love on us and longing for us to love him back. When he made us, he could have created beings who were automatically loyal to him, who robotically returned his affection. But instead, he designed us with the ability to decide how we'd respond to him, and in doing so, he opened his heart to profound love—and profound heartache. He had to turn away from His very own Son as He was dying on the cross....for you....for me...He knows sorrow and He knows brokenheartedness.
he created us in his image...So when we endure these heartbreaks ourselves—rejection, betrayal, abandonment—we don't walk through them alone. God has walked that road himself. And in some mysterious way, when our hearts are broken, we're given new insight into the very character of God.
We have all had times in our lives when we felt "broken". Or, we have all had a friend who felt shattered or damaged and felt as if nothing could heal their brokenness. Your words cannot reach them and your love cannot save them. Ask Jesus to go where you cannot...to whisper into their hearts what their ears cannot hear. "I will not give up on you!" "Don't give up on yourself!"
Today when you look in the mirror, look for what God is doing with your life...look for what He is creating...and start looking at yourself as if you see the Masterpiece He is making from the broken pieces.
Lord, let our brokenness be used by you and be restored by your beauty and for your glory, Amen.
Today - Know you are Blessed,
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength Ephesians 1:18-19