Friday, March 14, 2014

Beauty from the Broken

I never thought that beauty could come from something broken. That anyone would want... much less search for fragments and long to hold and keep them.

When we humans, see brokenness, we see the defects that the damage has caused. Some humans see ways to fix it but putting it back together still shows the seams, it still shows the pain and the hurt that was once there.

Yet, as I sat in my bubble bath clearing my thoughts and one object came into my mind. I believe God placed it there for a reason, making me visualize where it came from, shattering, being forgotten, sloshed around, sinking in deep oceans, slammed into walls, sanded down and then lying there lost, alone and waiting. But this object lies hidden until that one person, searching among the rocks, digging through the sand, and then spotting it in its lonesomeness, covered in muck, cleans it and names it sea glass. A beautiful piece of glass lying there in the hands of its seeker, painted by the gaze of adoring eyes honing in on its beauty.

The past of the sea-glass is no longer relevant. The eyes of the beholder only delight in the color, the smoothness, finding beauty in an uncondemning light.  A new name has been given to the shard, the fragment of glass is now named a treasure, a prize, a jewel.

How beautiful is the creation of sea glass and how closely it resembles the way God seeks his children. He finds us in the midst of our loneliness, our depressions, our hurt and shame. He picks us up and wipes off the filth that hides what's beneath and he calls us his children, his treasure. He sees the uniqueness that comes from the life we've lived, the hurt we've felt, that condemning eyes and sharp tongues that caused us to shatter. But God picks up the pieces and finds joy in the new name, the new life that he wants to give us. We are no longer alone, no longer broken but made new. Given new hope our joy evolves around our comforter, the one who called us His.

God never said this life would be easy, but he said he would be here for us. HE said we are HIS, and that HE loves us.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Revelation 21:4-5
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." and He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new."

1 Corinthians 15:43
Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, and they will be raised in strength.

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