Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Brokenness to Beauty


O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
-Isaiah 54:11

Throughout life, we all come into contact with circumstances that just break us. We don't know what to do with the shattered pieces left behind, so we sweep them up and carry them with us. They're sharp, and they inflict pain as they prick us every so often. Over time, we collect more shards. The longer we carry them, the more pain they cause. They dig deeper and deeper as we hit bumps in the road. They cause stains as you bleed from your injuries. Eventually, they'll kill you, unless you find purpose for them.

You're unable to rid yourself of them on your own. They've become one with you. They're painful and ugly. You're embarrassed, so you try to hide them, to ignore them. You're not fooling anyone. Others are able to see your stains. The more you try to conceal them, the darker your stains become.

I'm here to tell you that there's Someone who wants to help. His name is Jesus. He knows exactly what to do with those cutting fragments. It won't be pleasant. The process is painful. In order to remove them, He'll have to dig deeper, but you'll heal. You will get better. They won't be able to hurt you anymore. Scars will remind you of the circumstances that brought you here, but they will be beautiful. The pieces will be used to create something gorgeous. Almost like a stained glass window. Every ugly little piece you're carrying right now could become part of  His grand masterpiece. All He asks of you is submission to His will. When He finishes putting the pieces together, His light will display His magnificent workmanship to a dark world. Others will come to see it and to hear of how your awful, ugly shards became something so beautiful. You'll be transformed. The scars that you bare will be the only things the others will be able to recognize you by.

The brokenness of stained glass windows allow for the most beautiful light to be shown.

What are you still holding onto?