“12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test…”
I watched the bead of sweat drip off my brow and then as it fell to the hot pavement. I am pretty sure when the bead hit the ground that there was a sizzling sound. My wife and I had just moved to Central Florida and God thought it would be funny to have us move there during the beginning of August. We had one last trip to make from our “moving cube” and that is when it happened….
I was walking towards our apartment with an armload of the last bits of things to be moved. I had some hangers, a blanket and a ceramic sculpture that we had set aside. We’ve all experienced a moment that is actually fractions of a second long, but it feels like eternity. Whether it is a moment where we trip over something and we know we’re going all the way down to the ground or, like in my case, where we drop something breakable and we try to save it from shattering against the pavement.
You can guess the ending to this story…the sculpture slipped out of my hands and I watched as it twisted in the air and fell towards the ground. I reached for it, but it was just out of my reach and came crashing to the pavement shattering. When my wife walked out the door and saw the remains of the sculpture she was crushed. Apparently she had had the sculpture since she was younger and it meant the world to her.
A few days later I found myself sitting at the desk in my office gluing together the ceramic dish. The dish for the most part is put back together and unless you look closely you cannot notice the cracks in it or the missing piece in the back. I listen to the radio on my computer at work and the other day I heard this song by Fee called “Everything Falls” and it made me think about the ceramic piece and how God glues us back together…
We take for granted so many times what God does for us. I know I’ve been a few moments in my life where it seems that everything is completely screwed up. I don’t know how we’re going to pay our student loans off. I watch the news and see hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who are now homeless due to the earthquake and tsunami. It seems things can’t get any crazier, but God holds everything together. He takes the circumstances in our lives that make us feel broken. The moments in our lives where something so devastating has happened to us that we feel like life as we know it has just slammed against the pavement and shattered.
God loves us so much that He picks up the pieces of our broken and shattered lives and starts putting us back together again. You have no idea how many times in the process of gluing that ceramic sculpture back together that I glued my fingers together. It’s messy work, but God works through the mess and makes us like new.