I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you,
you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing."

PICKING UP THE PIECES


I am staring at the cursor blinking on the backdrop of a blank page. Each pulse is calling me towards action yet it is difficult to look past the vastness.  I cannot help but think of the many hearts that reflect the same emptiness. This past weekend our family endured great tragedy and loss. I am confident the metaphorical cursor is pulsing in all of our hearts, but the white page seems to overtake the small vertical black line. The little black line that seems so unimportant, yet it is the only thing we can grasp and initiate. The page will always remain the same, but as we begin to lay one letter, one word at a time the cursor moves; leaving behind a new story. With each line the emptiness and vastness become smothered and eventually what was blank is now filled.   

The emptiness we sense is not uncommon to humanity. Many people have experienced the identical emotion and emptiness due to various circumstances. The impact of a crisis can be represented by a ceramic plate accidentally being dropped on the floor. A plate doesn't break by its self it requires a cause. The very item that was created by the hands of a designer has now been broken. We can lament and verbalize over the shattered plate, yet the pieces remain on the floor. We can be sorrowful for the loss of such a masterpiece, yet the effect remains the same.

The only way of restoring the pieces is for a hand to reach down and grab one piece at a time. 

Eventually the designer can bring the ceramic plate back together.  Because only he knows the pattern and design well enough to line up the plethora of pieces. Only he has the passion and patience to reunite it with a loving touch, accompanied by time, with  a trustworthy bonding element.

It took much time to restore the ceramic plate. Many questioned why not just throw it away and make a new one? The designer said, I loved that plate. It had much value and purpose. But most importantly, I made it. To me, it was precious and irreplaceable.

The crisis was eventually restored by means of tenderness, time and trust. But most importantly the designer was the person behind the means. God is the designer in His story. Isaiah 66:2 “Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD.” Acts 7:50 “WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?”

God is tender with us.
 Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there our hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

God is trustworthy. 
Psalm 22:4-5 “In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed.” God is trustworthy, because it is impossible for God to lie Titus 1:2.

Consider this, there can be tenderness, time and trust, but there would be no true restoration in the illustration without the element. What is the element of God in our restoration of brokenness? The cross. The cross is our forgiveness and reconciliation back into His presence. Jesus is the glue that bridges a sinful people to a holy God. 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Without Jesus we are mere individual pieces in the hands of the Creator  clashing together causing more harm than good. Jesus is the bridge between the gap to restore what is broken.

God is the designer, Jesus is the glue, who are the pieces of ceramic? We are! We are the pieces that need to be brought back together with tenderness, time and trust by the Designer holding the pieces and willing to apply the element He has supplied.  Question is, will we let Him. Will we put our hand toward the designer because we have a better or easier way to fix our self? OR will we surrender ourselves to His loving care and restoration, though His means of Jesus the Savior; available for every man, woman and child by faith.

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