“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.
I dropped a glass the other day. It slipped right out of my hand, hit the wood floor, and shattered. As I bent down to pick up the broken pieces, I knelt amongst the fractured remains of the glass and I became overwhelmed. I leaned against a nearby cabinet and suppressed emotions found their escape through my tears.
I am living through a season of shattering. My life, once so reliable, secure, and predictable feels broken and in pieces. All that I have known so well, I no longer recognize. Like a gardener in autumn, God has cut back things in my life that have overgrown their space, become dormant, or no longer produce healthy growth.
The Lord is breaking me down my sisters, and it is painful.
Unlike the glass, however, God will not scoop up the pieces and throw me away. No! I know that he will soon begin to lovingly restore what has been broken. I am not who I was, and I don’t know who I will be, but praise God I will soon be on the mend. The Potter is at the wheel, the Artist is standing at the easel. Piece-by-piece, I know that God will repair what was fractured.
Mamas, if you are living in a “shattered” season, just know your story isn’t over. I know you see the scattered remains on the floor and wonder how you will ever be made whole again—this is where we must trust God’s timing, will, way, and plan. It is tempting to want to fix everything ourselves, but we MUST resist. His plan is ALWAYS better than ours.
A book is never written in one version. It must be edited, re-edited, and edited again; rewrite after rewrite until it is finished, until it is as good as it can be. Let the Author and the Finisher of our faith continue to write your story. Let the Creator keep creating. Let the Potter keep molding. Let the Artist keep painting.
It may look broken to you, but God sees endless possibilities; clay ready to be shaped and molded, a blank canvas for his masterpiece, and an empty page fo him to compose your story. You will be whole again!
Blessings as you trust in God’s plan and God’s timing,
Susie and the Help Club for Moms Team
For more information about Susie and her ministry, Between the Gardens, please visit her website at susieoneal.org.