Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Broken Plates / Broken Lives…
“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:17, NLT)
Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s beloved wife loved and decorated with imperfect restored objects. She was once given a imperfect but restored white and blue plate. July’s “Prayer Note” from the Cove quotes a conversation she had about her plate. “Few ever came out whole. They remained simply the collection of one who cared. When I expressed interest, he gave me a blue-and-white plate, carefully glued together—pieces missing. ‘You remind me of God’, I said. By the look on his face, I knew I had shocked him, and I hurriedly explained. ‘God pieces back broken lives lovingly. Sometimes a piece is irretrievably lost. But still He gathers what He can and restores us. Perhaps it gives pleasure to no one else, but to Him.’”
As I read about the plate I could see my face in it. And in my imagination I saw Jesus carefully looking over every piece of my life. Here a piece, there a piece, everywhere a piece, piece. Carefully picking up each piece turning it around, examining it placing it in its proper place. Slowly and methodically the once shattered place began to resemble the plate it once was. Except, the newly restored white and blue plate was filled with scars. Here a scar, there a scar, everywhere a scar, scar.
Then I could hear Jesus saying, “This plate has more beauty then it ever had. It is a Peace Plate. Here some Peace, There some Peace, Everywhere there’s Peace, Peace.”
“But Jesus,” I hear myself saying, ”There are pieces missing. Here a piece, there a piece, everywhere a piece missing, missing.” Then Jesus handed me the plate, “I know. Those missing pieces are your sins. You will not need them any more so because of my Love for you I tied them to my cross and tossed them into my empty tomb. Do not fret over what is gone, embrace what is new.”
What color broken/restored plate are you?
“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”**
Grace and PEACE,
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**Psalm 27:14, New Living Translation