It’s my friends birthday today. Not just any friend, but the kind who knows everything about me. Even the things I wish no one did. She is the kind who has been there for the best parts of my life but also walked with me through the parts I wish I didn’t have to go through. I first wrote this for her. But as I wrote it I realized that I was really writing it to so many people in my life. I realized that in a weird way I was writing it to myself. So here it is for the unfinished hearts in my life, and maybe for the ones in yours.
I was looking for sea glass yesterday and all of a sudden it came to me. These beautiful pieces started as something that was simply broken. Something shattered. It made me think of the times that I have broken something I loved that was glass. My first thought is usually a mix of sadness and anger. Sadness that I won’t be able to put it back together the way it was and anger that it broke in the first place. Then the horrible realization that I will have to clean it up and try not cut myself in the process. Then I thought about you and your heart. Sometimes broken. Unable to be put back the way it was. Sometimes shattered into a million splinters with only a few shards even able to be recognized. Then the realization that it can’t be put back together the way it was. That you will be hurt as you try to pick the pieces up. Then I remembered that we are not meant to be put back together. We are being made into something new. A heart and life made up of beautiful pieces that were once simply something broken. A heart that isn’t beautiful in spite of being broken, it is beautiful because of being broken. Each piece represents a different circumstance. Some from good things that happened and changed us, some from unimaginable things that came and shattered us. You have a beautiful, unfinished heart. Made of splinters not shaped by waves and water but changed by the God you love. More importantly by the God who loves you. The One who didn’t break you, but instead promised to make beauty from your brokenness.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:4-5