I have a friend and sister-in-faith who is a gifted mosaic artist. She takes broken pieces of glass, clay, tile, even expensive China. She brings them together to create stunning pieces of artwork. I marvel at her vision that can see beauty from brokenness, and her ability to transform her ideas into one-of-a-kind creations. And I can't help but think, something has to be broken before she can transform it into a glorious new item of beauty.
My friend reflects our Creator and Father. He, too, is in the transformation business. When we stand knee-deep in brokenness, we may wonder why our world has fallen apart. We might scoff at the concept of any good coming from THIS. We may cry and lament and wish things could be different. We might even shake an angry fist at God (if we dare to be honest) and play the blame game.
Where were you, God, when all of THIS fell apart? Why is my life such a mess? Why do I feel so utterly broken and hopeless, and why would you permit THIS to happen? Aren't you supposed to be a loving and good God??
But like my friend, God sees through the eyes of an artist. Somehow, when we relinquish all of the broken pieces into His hands, He tenderly begins to form a piece of artwork our limited thinking can't grasp. Our finite minds wonder, how could beauty be the final product of such ugly brokenness?
This is the heart of our Father. Lovingly, intentionally, with beautiful plans and purposes, He works ~ arranging and building breathtaking pieces of art. His signature is written all over them whether we see it or not. Because honestly, only He can take the awful, painful experiences and circumstances and transform them into something wonderful.
I am blessed to provide a home for some of my friend's mosaics. Not only are they pleasant to look at, they are a lovely reminder. All the brokenness ~ it has a purpose. And if we let Him, God will take it and form a one-of-a-kind mosaic masterpiece.
Just like my friend, God our Father is a masterful mosaic artist, creating beauty from brokenness. When we surrender it into His care, we become pieces of His glorious masterpiece, transformed into His image ~ one broken piece at a time.
Copyright 2015 by Julie Cowell. All rights reserved.
"Blessings sometimes come through brokenness that could never come in any other way." ~Gerald May
"Brokenness has the power, unlike anything else, to bring forth new beauty, strength, and inspiration to others. Because it's often in those moments that we've tasted deep suffering, that we noticed, we were made for more. There's more. There's purpose." ~Debbie McDaniel
"God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It's the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume." ~Vange Havner
"Behold, I am making all things new." ~Revelation 21:5
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." ~Isaiah 43:19