Broken Pieces

masterpieceI am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. (John 15:1-2)

Ponder It.
What is the most creative thing you have ever made?
What do you reuse or recycle?
When have you seen God working through your brokenness or pain?

Receive It.
There are so many ways to use the broken pieces of crayons. You can melt them in a muffin tin (or other molds) and make new multi-colored circular crayons. You can glue them to a canvas, then use a heat gun to melt them into a design, leaving the wrappings behind in a heart or other shape. You can grate them into small pieces, then press them between wax paper and cut into shapes for suncatchers. For more ideas, just search the internet! The point is…brand new unbroken crayons are not the only crayons that make beautiful creations.

God uses all the broken pieces of our lives as we offer them to Him. He doesn’t let a single thing go to waste. Sometimes, the brokenness is essential for Him working in our lives. He needs to prune just a small bit of us here and there to get rid of the unnecessary or harmful growth in order to make way for the healthy growth. The process doesn’t feel good to us. Even when we appreciate it in the long run, having something cut out of our lives leaves a gap. Even when it’s something we don’t want, we might miss it in the short-term because we’ve become accustomed to it.

Nothing that God prunes out of our lives goes to waste. It creates space and opportunity for healthy growth. When we are broken, God heals us in ways that make us stronger than before. He knows our weaknesses, and He knows breaking those weaknesses has temporary pain but long-term healing. We have to give Him all the pieces of us, not just the ones we feel are “put together” and acceptable for Him. He’ll put the pieces together to create a masterpiece.

Live It.
Get a piece of ice and break it into pieces. Now, try to put it back together. If you find it difficult, gather all the pieces together in a glass or dish. Let them sit for a couple minutes, then check again. As the ice melts and becomes water, all the pieces stick together. You won’t be able to separate them again in exactly the same way. Just like us and our brokenness, the pieces have to change in order to stick together.

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