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COLUMN: Is your life in pieces? Turn to God for glue

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By Jon Rohr

I must admit, in my life I have broken a dish or two, we probably all have.  But have you ever broken one of those supposedly “unbreakable” dishes? I won’t name names, because in fact these dishes do seem incredibly durable.  But they don’t just break, they almost blow up!
 The other day one got dropped in our kitchen and shattered into hundreds if not thousands of pieces!  Some people glue broken dishes back together, but there is no way anyone could put that plate back together.  Cleaning up was tedious and a little dangerous!  The pieces flew everywhere and they were sharp as little razors.  With grandkids and a dog running around we wanted to be sure we got every little piece!
 People can be like those plates.  A lot of us get chipped or cracked along the way, but a little glue, a little kindness, a little help along the way and we get put back together.  But there are other times when it isn’t so easy or neat.  Maybe we are stretched a little farther, wound a little tighter, and when the next blow comes, we shatter.
 In that moment we just want to put things back together, to return things to the way they used to be.  But not everything can be fixed, not every wound can be healed.  Sometimes all we can do is sweep away the pieces and be careful not to cut ourselves or those we care about on the broken shards.
Maybe that is why we need God’s promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)  When everything falls apart there is someone that remains, someone we can cling to.  When we are shattered, he is there to pick up the pieces and help us move forward again.  He is the one who sorts through the shattered bits and helps us find our heart again.  He is the one who throws out the useless parts, the pieces that we no longer need.  He helps us to hang on to the things, the people, the relationships that really matter.  And, when we trust Him, He can make those things even better than before!
We are all broken and sometimes shattered, but there is a hope.  That hope is not found in a textbook or in a new job or a new romance.  Our real hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ.  It is not in knowing about Him, it is in knowing Him personally.  His promise to us is that, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. (Lamentations 3:22 ESV)
Every bowl can be broken, and every one of us can be broken as well.  A bowl may just need some glue, but we need the Lord.  When your life is broken and out of control, turn to Him and trust Him.  Let Him put you together the right way!