We've all been through something in our lives that is not pleasant. Some of us have been through more than others. No matter what it is, during the time of it happening we all think that no one else understands and that it's the worst thing in the world to be happening to anybody. That's an understandable thing to be thinking at the time. But there is one who really does understand what we are going through. He has been through it all. His name is Jesus. He took our place and died for our sins. For those of us that have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, He wants to live through our lives. He wants to shine through us so that others want the relationship that we have with Him. Do you know how that relationship grows stronger? There are a couple ways that happens. One, we have to spend time with Him. We have to talk to Him, spend time in His word (the Bible). What's the other way? Well, our faith has to grow in Him for us to trust Him and grow in Him. How?? It has to be tested. This means we must go through trials. I've heard it put different ways. Another good way to put it is that we must be refined like gold. Gold must be put through intense heat to get all the impurities out of it. Uncomfortable?? Probably. But afterwards, is gold not extremely beautiful? Diamonds....they are very beautiful as well. But to get to a diamond, the outer layer must be shattered and broken away. Painful?? I would bet. But diamonds are very valuable...and every woman would love a diamond....right, girls? Well, the same goes for our lives. We are gold...we are diamonds. But we must go through some painful, uncomfortable things to get where we are supposed to be in our faith.
A Broken, Shattered Life
Ok, now we've seen an illustration of a broken life. (yes, I went outside and threw down that beautiful piece of pottery) When your life is broken like that you don't think that anything can put it back together again. Kind of like the nursery rhyme humpty dumpty:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the Kings horses and all the Kings men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again.
How true is that nursery rhyme? I mean think about it. We humans try as hard as we can to put our lives and other people's lives back together again. (Kings horses and men) but only the King Himself can put a life back together again. And if you let him do it He can do it. But a warning...you WILL NOT be the same ever again. This is not a bad thing. Yes, you will have scars (cracks), you may never look the same again....but like I read on that other blogsite that explained this "therapy tool,"....."you must be cracked so that God can pour out of the cracks of your life." This is so true. I've seen it evidenced in my life. And even though the world may not see those cracks as beautiful, they are the most beautiful thing ever. So no matter how cracked you might be....you are more beautiful than ever.
A cracked, but beautiful pot
So to all you beautiful cracked pots out there....I love you and lets stick together and let God pour out of our cracks.