As we sat by the fish at the outdoor store one of the employees began to talk to me. He was going to do an outdoors cooking recipe. As he spoke the words, “I’m from West Texas” we began to exchange information. Turns out he was raised not far from where my husband was raised. Small word we both concluded. Of course having opened the door to mutual information, he began to share about his parents and his life. One of the things he shared was about their vacations when he was a boy. They would travel to national parks and his mother would cook everything on cast iron skillets and a dutch oven they always took with them. One particular trip, the dutch oven cracked. It was ruined. But his father thought there might be a way to fix it. So when they got home sure enough, the dad ran his sander through the large crack and cleaned up both sides of that pot. Then he carefully heated the iron until it was hot enough to weld. To this day the man uses that utensil and it carries the perfect bead of weld his father put on it to seal it back. The strength of that pot was never compromised again.
I heard God speak to my heart. We are all cracked pots of one kind or another. We are destined for the trash heap, useless and ruined. But God sees something redeemable in us. He offers to take us into His home. He cleans up the edges of our life. He turns up the fire. He lovingly welds the spots we need fixing until you can’t see we were ever broken. For eternity He intends to change our destiny from unusable throwaways. His touch on our lives changes us. We become strongest where we were once broken.
Oh beloved, you are blessed! Everything in you that you see as broken, God sees as magnificent! He doesn’t focus on the cracked areas of your life. He focuses on what He sees in the Spirit in you. He pronounces you usable, fixable, redeemable, ransomed, changed and useful! With one touch, everything in your life changes. When others fall away at the fire of adversity, you are still standing. Because God’s fire doesn’t burn it mends! Christ went to the cross and down into the deepest fire of hell for you. You are worthy and blessed all because of God picking you up and taking you home with Him. Don’t shed another tear about your mistakes, your troubles or your drawbacks. God is fitting you for Kingdom living and Kingdom work as well. What you went through that caused the brokenness is an opportunity for God to share His redemption with others through you!
God loves you and He’s for you! Let Him fix what needs fixing and make you stronger than ever in the process. If He turns up the fire it’s only for your good and His glory! You are no longer destined for the trash heap, you’re destined for His glory as you live being lovingly cared for by the Lord Himself and used for His exaltation all the days of your life.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. NAS
Psalm 31:12 & 22 I am ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot. In panic I cried out, “I am cut off from the Lord!” But You heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help. NLT
1 Corinthians 15:43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.
Psalm 103:4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.