Broken Pieces

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful” (Psalm 139:14 NIV)

When I was travelling in China, I visited Xi’an, the home of the Terracotta Warriors and saw the wonderful sight of the warriors that in most cases were found in tiny broken pieces. When the tombs were opened some of the warriors were intact, but there were also piles of debris. Many of them have been painstakingly reconstructed and the process goes on to arrange them again as they were thousands of years ago. Each one has a different face.

While I was walking around, amazed at the sights, I was powerfully reminded of a couple of things.

The words of a song were going round and round in my head. Its called Broken Pieces and the chorus says:

“Pick up the broken pieces and bring them to the Lord;
Pick up the broken pieces, trust in His holy word.
He can put them back together and make your life complete,
Just place the broken pieces at the Saviour’s feet.”*

Sometimes we can feel like we have made such a mess of our lives, or that things have happened that change our lives so much that we find it hard to make sense of what is left.

God knows us. As it says in Psalm 139,

“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me….you perceive my thoughts from afar.….you are familiar with all my ways……For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.….All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

God can make sense of it all. He can take the pieces of our lives and put them together to make them into something beautiful – and something He can use. In order to make a beautiful mosaic, you need to break the piece of pottery and re-arrange the pieces into something new.

Maybe we need to look at our lives as God sees them – not just as broken pieces, but as pieces of potential.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that you care about all the pieces of our lives and that you can make them into something beautiful.

Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has had many years of chronic pain, but God continues to make something out of the pieces of her broken life.

* by Ruby Kitchen & James Martin Jr.