Broken to Whole

If you look into a shattered mirror, you’ll see your image, but it’s broken, distorted, not truly an image of who you are. Each broken piece twists and alters the image, and you see your reflection, but you’re only part of who you used to be.  Life can be that way – full of hurts, and scars, and broken pieces. We hold these secret hurts in our hearts, clinging to them and not letting go. Every time another piece shatters, we try to build up these walls. Walls to protect ourselves from being hurt again…. but, they’re made of glass, too. We just know that everyone sees through those​ broken windows – judging our past, examining our scars.  We think that it would be better to leave everything broken than to hurt ourselves trying to fix it – being cut by the shards of glass that define the image of who we ​think we are.

May be you’ve been hurt. It could be that you were bruised by the words or actions of someone you love, someone you trusted. Can I tell you something? Those words, those actions, they do not define you.

Paul was an apostle in the Bible who wrote much of the New Testament, and he knew what it was to be bruised and battered. He was imprisoned unfairly, physically beaten and emotionally overcome. He once described himself as a chipped clay jar, saying, “We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” Paul discovered something valuable. There is a light inside that damaged jar that not only can heal all of the hurting places in your heart, but can shine through for all the world to see the beauty and treasure of who you are.

Do you know that God doesn’t see you by your shattered reflection? You aren’t limited by the broken shards of the mirror and the way you see yourself. Your image is so much more than that. When God created you, He made His very best. He knows you are beautiful, because He made you. And, though we may be chipped and broken like the clay jars that Paul described, the light of Jesus wants to shine through all the little breaks, healing all the fragmented pieces of our heart and shining bright so other people can see what He’s done for us and be drawn to Him through your story

God sees you. He loves you. You were made for more. He wants to make you whole. Let Him.

Reflection:

What hurts are you holding on to? What steps can you take to let them go? How are your hurts keeping you from a better life?

This weekend Pastor Michael is talking about how when our soul is healthy, we will crave things the things make us healthy. Everything affects everything, and the first bit of healing happens in our soul. Learn more this weekend at one of our services.

​​Verses:

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. 2 Corinthians 4:7a (NLT)

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 (NLT)