by Megan Berkebile
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalms 34:18
It was just a little crack. It started as a small nick, but started to grow. The small crack eventually became larger until it broke off completely. It was a small nick in the phone screen protector but when the crack was discovered, it was frustrating to realize it needed changed. It had fulfilled its purpose. It protected the screen, but now it was time to be thrown away and replaced with a new whole screen protector. If only we could do that with the things that trouble us in life – replace the broken with something new and whole.
Life isn’t that simple. We are much like the screen protector. A minor hurt makes a small nick in us, but then words are said that turns the nick into a small crack. Over time that hurt, those words said or actions committed pulls at us until that small crack spreads and we are broken completely. That is when we are brokenhearted, when we are crushed in spirit not knowing what to do next. Yet, there is hope.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34:17-18 NRSV) Though we have been fractured, the Lord hears us cry for help. Sometimes our cry is a simple prayer, while other times our cry is us screaming. Our cry can simply be us weeping. Our cries can be so many things, but no matter what, God hears us and God rescues us.
We may feel broken off from all that has kept us protected, from all who love us, but God finds us and says, “Come to me, even in your brokenness, and I will save you.”
In Japan, when pottery breaks they repair it with a process called kintsugi. The broken pieces are brought back together and the cracks are filled with gold or another precious metal. No longer a broken vessel, the repaired item is a unique work of art. The cracks are no longer hidden but highlighted by the metal. The piece is made new with the love and care of the artisan.
God is the artisan in our lives. The parts in our lives that we once thought would always be broken have been mended and with love that is more precious than any metal. God has highlighted our brokenness to show that we have been made whole as a new creation in God’s love. No more will our brokenness define us. Instead, we will always be a masterpiece of God’s creation.
1.) Have you had moments in your life when you felt broken?
2.) Have you been able to cry out to God to ask for help?
3.) How have you felt God working in you to mend you?
4.) Do you identify more as a cracked screen never to be fixed or do you see yourself as a piece of pottery that can be mended with God’s golden love?