I love the art community because many of them find beauty and purpose in everything. It’s a gift really. For instance, I have followed one artist on Instagram who uses a glass desktop as her palette. When she is done painting, she takes a metal scrapper and scraps the dried up paint from the glass top. One day, she posted a picture of all the scraps that she had collected in mason jars. Her goal was to use the scraps to create something new. I never found out how she used those scraps, but I have no doubt that she found a purpose for them.
Have you ever seen a mosaic? In modern times, we can purchase broken pieces for the purpose of creating a mosaic. But the artist of ancient times decided that the ceramic plate or serving bowl that was cracked should be smashed into little bits. They picked up all of those pieces, arranged them into a unique design unlike no other. And these pieces became a fascinating walkway or a mesmerizing ceiling. All those tiny broken pieces of different colors and shapes may have seemed useless pile of glass or stone or ceramic, but they can be used to create a work of art.
Let me ask you, what are your broken pieces? Your past mistakes? Your imperfections? Your weakness? Your inner and outer scars? We often busy ourselves with hiding these things from people because we think they are ugly and useless, but I am here to tell you that God can use your broken pieces. That sin that God delivered you from, that is a testimony! God’s work of art! That scar that you try to hide from everyone? It tells a story of your victory! God’s masterpiece! That thing that you see as a weakness within yourself? Guess what? Christ says lovingly to all of us, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Cor. 12:9. In fact, Paul says in this passage of scripture that he boasts about his weakness. Who does that? Our culture tells us that we should hide our weaknesses. But your broken pieces tell a story and sheds light on Christ's power within you.
So, friends, you can kill the busyness of shame and self-contempt because God has forgiven you and redeemed you. He has picked up all the pieces of your past and He doesn’t want you to hide the beauty that He’s created but instead He wants you to share them with those who have no hope.
One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Corinthians 4:7-12
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Sis, we are jars of clay. Some of us are slightly cracked while others of us are a pile of broken pieces. Either way, let Him use you!
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