What can one do with broken glass, rough pieces of stone or pebbles so small that they seem insignificant? Do you realize that these are the materials needed to make a beautiful mosaic? You would typically think that these items alone are useless and can’t be used for anything worth while. Most people would see them and toss them in the trash because damaged goods are worthless. Even stores will marked down merchandise that were damaged in some way because its lost it’s value. So why would someone collect small minuscule items to make a piece of artwork? Well the answer is in the eye of the beholder. What one may see as trash, another will see as a masterpiece.
Where is the significance?
Take for example, you have dropped and broken a drinking glass. It’s not something you spent time being concerned about because you know there is a cabinet full of glasses that are exactly the same as the one you broke. So without thinking, you get a broom and dustpan, sweep up the mess and throw it in the trash. On the other hand, how many of you have dropped a cell phone and shattered the screen to the point it could cut your finger or face, yet you continued to use it? This proves that we will continue to use damaged goods when it is significant to us. This is how God values us. No matter how damaged we are, He finds ways to turn what was suppose to take us out and use it to build us up. I understand you may be saying “I’ve done too much to be of any use” or “My past is too messy”. Remember that one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Even when we are in our mess, Jesus sees something beautiful in each of us.
So give Him your broken pieces.
Give God that abortion you had and He can change it into a ministry to speak to other women who are faced with the same decision. Take that adulterous relationship you are in and let God turn you into a respectable man or woman that walks in integrity. Hand over that drug addition and watch God clean you up into a person you don’t recognize. Surrender to Him that molestation you had to experience and stand back in amazement as He heals you and turns you into His mouthpiece to help parents become more aware of predators. Give God the pain of losing a loved one and let Him give you the strength to be a comfort to others.
There is no trauma, no mistake, no failure that is too big for God to clean up. You are not damaged beyond repair. He can restore you and build you up into a great man or woman of God. When others may have thrown you out with the trash, God will pick you, clean you up and use you to do great things. It doesn’t matter who walked away, God is always there. Your family may not want you around but God is seeking you. The circumstances don’t matter and past mistakes are irrelevant if you are repentant and open to allowing Christ to enter your heart. You may say, “but you don’t understand all I’ve done in my life. Why would He do this for me?”
Because you are worth it!
God is not like man. He doesn’t discard us no matter how many times we mess up. He patiently waits for us to give Him all that concerns us. He won’t force us to do it, nor will He bribe us. He will just wait until the load gets too heavy to bear and you call out to Him for help. It is not until then that He will take over, start picking up your pieces and begin creating a one of a kind, beautiful mosaic.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 NLT