Sometimes our brokenness can be a source of deep beauty. If you want to see more about that head over to Potluck Transfer, my photo devotional blog. But here we will spend some time on broken, broken. You know, flat out busted, isn’t going to work, isn’t art, just broken.
Like the key in our photo here, this is the kind of brokenness that we all feel from time to time. We feel useless, our brokenness means we can not do what we think we ought, or should or must. So we feel worthless in our brokenness.
Take heart! It was none other than Paul who wrote these words in 2nd Corinthians;
Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
In other words, Paul learned to be content in his brokenness, not reveling in it, but accepting it because it allowed Christ to shine through the cracks. His fullness, his completeness as does ours comes from Christ.
A dear old Norwegian carpenter friend of mine use to say, “Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans!” Now he didn’t say that to be cruel or condescending, Mike knew that God was up to stuff he could not imagine.
In our reading, it is into the midst of a broken world that plans are being made to kill Jesus, to hang him on a broken tree. What those who schemed and planned failed to see is that God would use this to save a broken humanity.
When we nail our plans and our hopes and dreams to the cross of Jesus Christ, God can redeem them. In the waters of baptism, our hopes can emerge anew washed and clean each day. Broken as we might be we are the very children of God who calls us to let his light shine through our brokenness so all might know life in his glory and grace.