Broken but Still Valued

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
    save me and I will be saved
 for you are the one I praise.  Jeremiah 17:14


I remember as a kids how excited I would get when the box of 64 crayons would come out.  
All those different colors and my mind racing at what I could draw with them.  
I often wondered what it would be like to have double or triple the amount of crayons.
Oh the mind of a child.  There were days I would color so hard that the crayons would break.  
You can close your eyes and almost hear the heavy sigh and the “darnit” that would be said when it happened.
In my house we did not throw them away.  We would gather them and take them to school
to give to the teacher to melt down into interesting multi colored crayons to use during art class at school
or to put in our candles we learned how to make.  Crayons held a world of wonder and possibility for me as a child.

When thinking about the box of whole and the bowl of broken crayons, I started to think about life as a believer.
We come the opposite way to the throne.  We come broken, maybe set aside, wrapper torn or discarded.  That is our
clothing and the pride that we carried for so long thinking we had it all together and we were invincible.  As we continue
to grow in Gods word, we build up to become better and stronger and thankful for the brokenness because it led
us to Jesus (Colossians 2: 6-7).  As we study the bible, we long to be counted as one of the righteous, like becoming
one of the many colors in the big box of crayons that we would be able to do what is required of us in our new role(Rom 4:5).  Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and figure we have it down pat and that we don’t need the help that we once sought so diligently.  We then start to feel almost useless, pushed to the back and forgotten by man and discarded;  but never by God, He always has a use for us.  For it is when we are at our weakest, He is at his strongest (2 Cor 12:9-10, Is 40: 28-31).  

As we continue in our walk with God, even though we may get bumped and bruised, we come to know that our sins are
cast far from us and we no longer know no condemnation with the Lord (Rom 8:1) and we know that we now shine brightly
and that we stand strong with the other crayons in the box to be used to create a bright and beautiful world with the help of God!
We are created in his image.  We are given gifts to use while in this earthly realm.  Open your box of crayons and see that you have
something to contribute to the canvas that has been laid before you in the art room of God’s house!  



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