04 Nov Broken but Beautiful
“You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer you one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” – Psalm 51:16-17
Are you feeling broken? Does your life seem shattered?
Nothing that happens in life is accidental. Our God is intentional in everything He does, even down to the smallest detail. He can turn a mess into a minister, a wretch into a wonder and the broken into something beautiful. So often we forget that those stories – the ones where the most broken people make a turnaround – are the most beautiful ones… In the midst of the hardship, we forget that there can be significant purpose in our pain. Sometimes in order to experience the fullness of the blessings to come, we have to first be broken.
For example… take a stained glass window. In order for the glass to be uses to create a gorgeous picture, it first must be broken down into smaller pieces. From there, the artists takes those broken pieces and uses them to create a glorious piece of art. It’s crazy to think that a stained glass artwork, as beautiful as it is, cannot be made without broken glass.
Think about how Jesus fed five thousand people with just some fish and a few loaves of bread. the Bible said that Jesus first broke the bread and as He did so, it began to multiply. The bread was more than enough for a miracle, but He first had to break it into pieces.
All of that is to say that God does not make mistakes, and He can and He WILL use broken people to accomplish amazing and beautiful things. If you’re in the midst of a struggle, instead of asking “why me?”, try asking “what for?” Your life and situation may be like a stained glass window, only God is far enough away to see how your broken pieces fit together to make something gorgeous. And one day, you’ll be able to look back and see the beautiful work He’s been creating in you through the hard.