“A bruised reed he will not break…” Isaiah 42:3
As I look at this beautiful vase, I wonder how the glass survived being broken into smaller shards; how it survived being shattered over and over again. How did it survive the pain? How could anything so broken ever be mended again and used for its intended purpose?
Sometimes we, as humans, feel like this glass. We may feel beyond repair. It may be difficult to see past the pain. We may wonder why we have to be broken into bits when it appears others’ vases barely have a scratch. You may wonder, “why does it have to be so hard?”.
I can relate with this vase. Just when I think my seasons of brokenness are nearing completion, hope is shattered again. I wonder how I can survive it. I don’t understand it. I cannot see the final outcome. It just feels like broken glass.
Because of an artist’s hand, this vase is built into something beautiful and able to fulfill its purpose. Because of my Father’s hand, somehow I’m put back together, over and over again. There is strength and a hope I cannot explain. He puts me back together and uses me, even when I feel like broken shards of glass. I cannot always see what He is creating; what He is creating in me. I am reminded everything He does is out of love, and He never wastes our suffering.
God’s promise is this—He won’t leave you in your brokenness. As you bring your brokenness to Him, He will sustain you. He will rebuild you. He will create you into something beautiful. He will take the pain and use it. Allow it to draw you closer to Him. He never causes pain, but He can put your pieces back together again. He will build you up stronger than you were before.
We, as humans, are not alone in our brokenness. We all experience brokenness in our own ways. Sometimes the cracks are visible, and sometimes they are not. For this reason, never forget to show kindness and compassion to your fellow brothers and sisters. (Eph. 4:32)
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