Broken…what was once one of my dinner plates now lays in pieces on the tile floor in my kitchen.
Well, for starters, I managed to empty the dishwasher so, points scored for me in my busy day!! Yay!! Let the confetti fly!! Fellow bloggers..you know you know what I am talking about!! Testify!!
But in the process, and in my attempt at avoiding extra trips to the cabinet, (which, in reality, is only like a step away from the dishwasher) I dropped one of the three heavy plates I tried to carry in one hand. It hit the hard tile floor with a crash that hurt. I love our dinner plates. Now it lay at my feet…in pieces. The pain of it all.
It broke in four large pieces. So I was able to pick those up and put them in the trash. There were smaller shards across the floor. So I grabbed the broom and dustpan and began the work of sweeping up carefully. I checked the floor. Nothing.
So I continued emptying the dishwasher when I felt a sting in the heel of my foot. I looked at it and there, looking back at me, was a tiny piece of the plate embedded in my foot. I pulled it out and threw it in the trash. It didn’t break the skin…it apparently just sought to make me yelp. It succeeded.
So I broke out the vacuum (maybe I shouldn’t use the word ‘broke’???) and made sure I carefully and thoroughly went over every square inch of tile. Success! No more owies!!
I finished emptying the dishwasher (yeah…I was still at it) and then sat down with a cup of tea. That was when it hit me; that lesson God likes to teach in the mundane things in life.
We are like those broken pieces.We are like those broken pieces. #broken #hurt #anxiety #divorce #anxiety Click To Tweet
We have those big pieces. Those broken parts of ourselves that are obvious. We don’t or can’t attempt to hide them. But these are the broken parts of us that are just…there. We know they are there, God knows they are there, and many others know they are there.
Then there are the broken parts of our lives that are less obvious. Like the shards I tried to sweep up, they are small enough that those closest to us see but maybe aren’t apparent to the world. You have to look a little harder at us to see them. They are there. You just have to get closer to us to see.
Then there are those broken pieces that people don’t see and we may not even admit to ourselves. Those inner struggles we have. Every now and then, we may acknowledge them, like that piece that invaded my foot. But we mostly keep them hidden.
What God showed me was…He cares about all our broken pieces.
Unlike the pieces of a plate that I had to toss away…God is able to put our broken pieces back together. He never tosses us away no matter how broken we may be.
God is the glue that puts our broken pieces back together.God is the glue that puts our broken pieces back together. #broken #hurt Click To Tweet
He cares about all our broken pieces, but those hidden ones…those are the ones where God puts us back together more intricately. Those are the ones that typically take more work in us. Just like I had to pull out the heavy artillery and get down and be extra careful to vacuum up the very last minuscule piece…Jesus is there with us picking up the very last part of our sin, our struggle, our shame. He cleans up all our broken pieces and He then makes us like new, giving us beauty for ashes for His glory!! He puts our brokenness back together.
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3He cleans up all our broken pieces and He then makes us like new, giving us beauty for ashes!! Click To Tweet
Give all your brokenness to Him! Give your struggles to Him! Give your burdens to Him! Give your pain to Him! You don’t have to try to fix it on your own!! Your Father in Heaven is just waiting for you to come to Him! He will take those burdens from you!!
I highly recommend Joyce Meyer’s book, Beauty for Ashes. It is a wonderful book that helps you when you need emotional healing. It has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life. I will link it for you below (this is an affiliate link. Please see the disclosure in the sidebar or on the disclosure page)
It has helped me on my journey to learn that God can take what I saw as too broken to fix, too far gone to love, too much of a mess to ever be put back together, and mold me like the potter molds the clay, to make me beautiful and precious in His sight. (See my other post about this here) In fact, it helped me see that, even in a broken state, I always was beautiful and precious to Him.
You are never too broken for God.