Broken Vessels

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 14

Today’s blog was written by Katie Hadden.

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 2:8-10

Recently I came across a quote that stated, “We want to be made whole without having to be broken.

What a statement. We are often reminded of the idea of God making us whole and bringing wholeness to each area of our lives. However, what does it look like when “being whole”, in our eyes at least, means we are not the people God has called us to be? Is appearing whole and being whole the same thing? Your answer to that question may lead to yet another question – “Does God want me broken? Isn’t that a bad thing?”

I would like to offer the idea that brokenness is actually the exact starting point that God desires us to be at as He works on helping us become the best “us” that we can be. When we feel whole, it is often because of what we have done in our own power and strength. When we arrive at a place of brokenness, things have become completely taken out of our hands, out of our control. All the answers, plans, and structures that created a feeling of wholeness have been stripped away, and all there is left to do is to fall back on is God and His hand. 

In that moment, in that painful place, God has your full attention. Your eyes are fixed on Him, and He is all you can hold onto. When He looks at those broken pieces, and sees the most spectacular part of you – a hurting heart yearning to be held and made whole. 

In the Japanese restorative process, Kintsugi, when a piece of pottery has been broken, an adhesive solution containing gold, silver, or platinum is used, causing the piece to increase in value, even after its’ seemingly “broken” status. The piece is worth more after it has been broken and restored.

The question I challenge you to ask yourself today is this – Are you holding onto your wholeness, while feeling empty and lifeless, hiding the hurt, anger, and bitterness you carry day to day? Or…are you willing to allow God to break you, no matter what it looks like? The broken pieces may be laying scattered on the floor for the whole world to see…but as your brokenness is shown, God begins the restoration process, placing each piece right where it belongs, while infusing His touch to each area, created an even more valuable piece of art. Are you willing to be that piece of valuable artwork that God gets to use to show the world just how much better life is in Him? In your prayer time, ask God to help you examine yourself and, if necessary, be willing to become broken in order to become whole. 

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