Sunday, June 28, 2009

Made Perfect Through Brokenness

There is a village is the Far East that, through the centuries, was known for its exquisite pottery. Especially striking were its urns, admired around the globe for their strong form and delicate beauty.

Legend has it that each urn took months to fashion, redone until each surface was perfect. When the artisan knew his creation was ready, it was fired into a smooth, glass-like, amazingly unique piece of art.

When it was finished and painted in colors so rich they made you cry, there was one final step. The potter would examine the piece and after declaring its perfection, take a large mallet and shatter it.

The potter would then begin the painstaking process of putting the broken pieces back together using only gold filigree.

An ordinary urn was then transformed into a priceless work of art. What seemed finished wasn’t, until it was broken.

We think we have arrived. We believe our life is perfect. Sometimes we even proclaim perfection through our words and behavior and one day life smashes our perfect dream, breaking our life into an array of pieces. Our world suddenly seems disjointed, out of step and unfulfilled.

Then the Potter takes over, taking all the little pieces of a life destroyed and carefully fitting them back together using the most precious substance known, to cement us in place, so that He might place us among the many other works of art He created out of brokenness and pain.

Give Him a chance, today. Stay a while on the Potter's wheel and be healed, fixed, recreated and made beautiful by the hands of the One whose love was so great He left Heaven to die on a cross, alone and hated, so that He would not have to live forever in Paradise without you.

Rest in His arms.

Let the wheel of His will restore and repair you.

As He turns your broken heart and shattered dreams into a priceless work of art, let His love overflow your vessel, touching and changing everything in its path.

He Loves You, you know.

You personally. Individually.

He loves you...

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18

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