A few weeks ago when I was with the ladies of our church making wreaths for our Christmas banquet, my kids were at home and called me on my cell phone to ask where they could find white tissue paper to put in some clothing boxes for Christmas gifts. I instructed them to look in some bags in my closet where I keep such things. Upon coming home later, I learned that my son had taken a fall while trying to reach to where the bags were. This caused a bar to come loose in the closet which fell also. One of the things Paul landed on was an enclosed glass frame that housed a cross stitch poem. It was a wedding gift that a friend had given us. When we moved to our house here 4 years ago, I really did not have anywhere to display this gift, so I ended up just shoving it away in the closet. The frame broke, and Paul cut his hand, though not very badly.(Thank you, Jesus!) My husband threw out the frame but saved the canvas with the cross stitch on it. He laid it over a towel bar in our bathroom, and I really didn’t notice that a few days later it disappeared. Upon Christmas morning, I was delighted and surprised as I opened a gift from my husband to find that it was that cross stitch poem put into a beautiful new frame! This frame is so much nicer than the old once, which I actually didn’t care for that much.
I began to think what a blessing it was that the old frame had been broken. Now I had something much nicer, and it got me to thinking about times of brokenness that we may experience in our lives. There is always pain involved in brokenness. I remember clearly the night I first repented and how broken I felt as a teenager, realizing for the first time that I was a sinner in the eyes of God. Psalm 51:17 puts it this way..
(AMP) My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
What a blessing it is that God does not look on us despitefully when we come to Him in true brokenness of spirit! I’m thankful that God can use our brokenness to make us into something better than we were before.
Psalm 34:18 (AMP) The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.
All my confusion, He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokeness and strife
But He made something beautiful of my life.
Bill and Gloria Gaither