(I sat down to write this morning and found this *draft* of a post I wrote over the summer. Apparently, in all of the “crazy busy” of this Adoption process, I forgot to publish it. Yes… You read that right. We are trying to adopt a little boy. PLEASE pray for us! We are hoping that he will have his “FOREVER” home soon.)
How on earth can this…
…inspire me so??
As you can see, we bought a camp stove and I am SO looking forward to getting outside more often this summer.
My husband believes in taking good care of things. I agree, but as we put the stove away (after enjoying some yummy s’mores this evening), I was struck by this thought…
A camp stove is MADE to be beaten up and worn out. It is, in a sense, made to be “broken.” If it serves its purpose well, it will be loaded and unloaded countless times, set up in camp or on the tailgate of the truck and it will have more than its share of dents and scratches. It was not created to stay in the box.
Neither were we.
It seems an odd jump – from a camp stove to one who is made in the image and likeness of God – doesn’t it? But…is it??
If we serve God well, we too will find ourselves beaten up and worn out. We too will be “broken.”
There is a song written by E.llie Hol.comb, a Christian singer/songwriter, entitled, “The Broken Beautiful.” Its lyrics speak powerfully…
Would You remind me now of who You are? That Your love will never change, that there’s healing in Your name and that You can take broken things and make them beautiful. You took my shame and You walked out of the grave, so Your love can take broken things and make them beautiful.
Her song speaks beautifully to those wounds that this world and our fallen natures will inflict. Some may be visible. Others not. ALL can give glory to God…if we will let Him transform them!
Even after we are, by God’s grace, firmly in His service, we hear Him say…
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. (John 12:26)
If we are to truly serve Him, then we must go where He went…to the Cross. We will be broken as He was broken.
Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there…
If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. (Romans 6:8)
Praised be Jesus Christ!!