Do you realize that we are ALL broken people? This isn’t a blog post just for the people who have major problems in life and their lives are falling apart. This post is for every single person in the world.
And do you know that we serve an amazingly beautiful Creator who takes everything that is broken and turns it into a beautiful thing for his glory? That is one of the aspects of God that I love the most. That He takes the broken and makes beautiful wholeness out of it.
We see the God of beauty shining through all of Scripture. Just a few:
1. Nehemiah and his getting the wall rebuilt. Nehemiah knew of the broken down wall in Jerusalem and he wasn’t even there. So he went and saw the rubble. And he prayed. And he got normal every day joe people to work on the wall. And you know what – God restored that wall. He showed that His beauty could shine again around the walls of the city for His own people.
2. King David. A lot of people mentioned that he was a man after God’s own heart. Which he was. But he was also a murderer and an unfaithful husband. But God used him to write amazing worship songs and lead God’s people – and he is an integral part in the history of redemption.
3. The Apostle Paul who wrote a good portion of the New Testament and his letters are still an encouragement to us today. He was in charge of the people who stoned one of the early deacons of the local church – and hated Christians – even though he knew the law of God and was really smart.
4. And the most broken story of all. The perfect Jesus being broken on a cross to pay for the sins of those who believed. God chose Him to bear our burden. To pay for our sins.
1. I’ve seen women who have longed for babies have their arms full of precious ones even when doctors said it was impossible.
2. I’ve seen marriages restored when unfaithfulness has been relationship-dominating.
3. I’ve seen teenagers come to know Christ and then go on the mission field and lead churches for the glory of God.
4. I’ve seen the bonds of addiction broken because of the glory of the gospel.
5. I’ve seen orphans taken into families and loved on because of the gospel.
In Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, Tattered and Mended, she brings so many Scriptural highlights and life-giving words to help bring life to brokenness. I really love her thematic way she set up her chapters in different forms of art and restoration. Such a good thing for a creative to do. I love her use of Scripture. And that she brings out a very personal side of God – His healing power!
If you are in a season of brokenness – don’t despair (think of your favorite Anne of Green Gables quote). Believe in him. Wait on him. You will see beauty because God is faithful and never changes.
This post is sponsored by Litfuse who sent me Ruchti’s book to review. All opinions are my own.