Miracles in the Broken Pieces

mosaicheart“God takes our brokenness and turns them into a beautiful mosaic.” –  Pastor John Spurling

Many things can be broken.

Broken dreams, broken glass, broken trust, broken hearts, broken relationships, broken spirit…

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. {Psalm 51:17}

There seems to be a pattern of a particular word that keeps making such an impression upon my heart.  It keeps popping up around me in different ways and scenarios. The word is broken.

Chris Caine gave a beautiful depiction of this at Pink Impact this year. She made a statement that will forever change my perspective and how I view things that have been broken.  The miracle of multiplication didn’t happen until the breaking. The miracle is in the broken pieces. He can weave the broken pieces together to create a tapestry, a beautiful masterpiece.

The detailed account of this story of multiplication is found in Mark 6. Jesus was moved with compassion for the crowd of people that were waiting to see Him.  At the sight of them, His heart broke.

The people gathered around listening to Jesus and were so inclined to hear His stories and teachings. They did not want to leave.  Even though their tummies were rumbling and getting hungry, they wanted more of Jesus.  The disciples wanted to send them all home to eat because it was getting late. But, Jesus said you feed them yourselves. They must have looked around at each other with their empty hands and thought, what will we feed them? How will we pay for the food? Does Jesus see how many people are in the crowd today?

Jesus got them all to sit down in groups…  They looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass. {Mark 6:39 MSG}

A mother had packed her little boy a lunch that morning with five loaves of bread and two fish. This little boy graciously gave his lunch to the disciples who in turn placed before Jesus.  Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, lifted His face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave back to the disciples that in turn gave to the people.  In the breaking of the pieces of this little lunch, a miracle happened and fed over 5,000 men, plus women and children.

I kept seeing a picture of mosaic tiles the week after Pink and was not sure what to make of it at first.  I began looking up mosaic designs on Google. Some amazing artists and works of arts were displayed. Vast arrays of designs and creations. What does this have to do with anything I thought? I have never ventured out into the mosaic creative side..

Then, the idea came. I was to purchase small mosaic tiles in different colors and bring to class on our transformation night at Embrace Grace. We had a table set up for the girls to place the mosaic tiles in baggies and begin to pound with a hammer until the tiles were little pieces. A type of healing was beginning to occur during the breaking…

The tiles represent our lives and the brokenness we have endured. All of us will encounter broken times in our lives. It is inevitable. It is what God makes out of our brokenness that presents the miraculous display.  He takes those pieces and turns them into something beautiful. Only He knows the colors, design and patterns that is laid out for your life.

Do you know that when something has been broken, such as bones in your body, it grows back stronger. No matter what has been broken inside of you, or the dreams you think are broken and will not ever come to pass. Lift your eyes to Jesus, place those broken pieces before Him. Give Him your all. He will take those broken pieces and portray them into a beautiful piece of art to be on display for the world to see. People will gather around to see the miracles that have grown from your life.

He is your Creator. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. {Psalm 24:1}

I have the broken mosaic tiles that the girls broke into pieces in a bowl sitting beside my feet as I have been typing this post.  Praying that God will take these broken pieces that represent each embrace grace girl from this semester and will create a masterpiece for them.  I went to the store today and picked out all the mosaic tile adhesive, grout, special attachments and tools necessary to begin a work of art. I pray Jesus will work through my fingers and design a  beautiful mosaic that will be presented to the girls on their Special Day that is coming up on Monday.

I also pray for you, special reader. As you have endured broken times in your life. I pray that you will experience many miracles from your broken pieces.  God desires to turn your brokenness into a beautiful work of art- a mosaic on display for His Glory!

{Broken to Beautiful}

As I began to reflect back upon my life with all the trials, testings and triumphs that have come my way; I began to see a work of art. I was unsure of the complete design at the beginning. Slowly, small pieces that had been broken, fractured and shattered around me began to take shape. What once was a pile of broken glass and tile began to take on a new form and meaning.  What seemed hopeless and impossible, as piece-by- piece began to be added; a miracle and healing inside was taking place. I began to feel hopeful again and believed that all things were possible through Jesus. I gave Him all of my broken pieces and He turned them into something BEAUTIFUL. ~ Salina

Written by Salina Duffy

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