October 26, 2019
I never thought a story about a little boys lunch would speak to my soul the way this one does. I have heard this story seemingly a million times. Jesus fed thousands of people with what should have only fed one little boy. It’s amazing, it’s incredible. But that’s not what sets my heart on fire. No, for me it’s the words Jesus spoke at the very end of this story. He said, “gather the fragments (or pieces). Let nothing be wasted.” Boom. If you don’t feel this deep inside of you, your life must still be intact. But for those of us who have used more duct tape than we’d like to admit, this lights us up.
It lights me up for sure. My heart has been fragmented from past hurts and pain. My life has been taped back together more times than I’d like to admit. But I can get up again when I know that it is not for nothing. I mean, not that He planned for me to fall apart. But He is surely not going to let it be for nothing. He said it Himself, “Let nothing be wasted.” Not a single tear, not a single loss. But how? How can such deep pain serve a purpose? This is where it gets good…
When we take our pain and our experiences back to Him, when we hand them over like an offering, He makes something out of them. All of the broken pieces, all of the ashes…He makes something beautiful of it. He uses it to reach into the lives of other people and help them overcome too. For me, it makes it all worth it. It’s the thing that makes me say, “No, I wouldn’t go back and do it differently.” Why? Because I can see the faces of the women whose lives would not be changed if I did. I can see the pain they feel that no one can relate to. My fragments become the tape that Jesus uses to put their hearts back together. So gather the fragments and bring them to Him. Let Him use them for beautiful things.
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Lord, my heart has been broken over ______________________. I am bringing the pieces to You. My life has been shattered…I’m bringing the fragments to You. Will you heal me? Will you use my brokenness to help someone else heal, too? Bring them to me and I will share, show me who they are and I will extend Your grace and love. In Jesus name. Amen.
Be Still –
Now just sit quietly with God, think about the scripture you read, re-read it if need be. Spend the rest of the 15 minutes just being with God.