Isn’t this a beautiful hand painted pitcher? The lady who painted it has passed on, but was an amazing artist in oils, water colors, porcelain and inks. Her husband gave me what was left of her supplies and a few pieces she painted.
The reason I posted this is because it’s such a beautiful work of art that it was hard for him to give it up, and so....yes, it is equally hard for me to part with it. You see, if you look very carefully there is a tiny place near the bottom in the center where you see a dark spot. That is a hole. This lady’s husband accidentally broke this picture into many pieces and was so sad, that he painstakingly glued every piece back together! It’s amazing that he was able to do that so well. But he loved her very deeply. After all that work, I simply could not throw it away. After hearing his story of such a deep-rooted love, it would be unthinkable to just “trash” that pitcher.
Sometimes our lives are like that, shattered and broken....perhaps to the point that we think they are beyond repair. But there is someone (or several someone’s) who are not willing to let us lie in pieces. They are the ones who are there for us, to help put us back together, because we mean something to them! And I am so thankful for those healers. I want to be one of them; one who mends not casts aside the broken. Yes, there may be a hole, an imperfection, some “scar lines,” but when someone takes the time to pick up the pieces of a broken life and help mend it, the beauty is still visible. It’s still a beautiful piece of workmanship.
I am so thankful that our Heavenly Father was willing to send His Only Begotten “Mender,” our Jesus, to shed His precious blood that we might be able to salvage our lives; that they might not be cast away. Do we appreciate that sacrifice enough to obey His gospel and follow in His footsteps? We often see the tenderness displayed by other humans like this story I related and stand in awe, but the greatest love EVER displayed to mankind was by God and His Son, and it was done at Calvary.....because He loved us THAT much and saw value and worth in us, while we were broken sinners (Romans 5:8; John 3:26). “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).
- shared by Nancy