As Chris and I walked along the beach, we jut could not believe the amount of broken shells we saw lying around. Thousands of pieces, shards of clams and oysters, conch and olive shells rolling up and down the shoreline were a sight to see. I told Chris that I couldn’t remember the beaches in California having this many shells and he agreed. As we walked down to the edge of a waterway, the entire bottom of the bed looked like a mass of jumbled gravel…it was more shells!
We spent close to an hour every day that we were there walking around and picking up the shells to take home for display. As each of us selected one, we exclaimed to the other about what we’d found and would decide if we wanted to add it to our collection. However, as we chose, I told Chris how sad it seemed to see so many little pieces of shells scattered about. So many of them were broken into tiny pieces—pieces that no one wanted to pick up.
Sometimes, I feel that way about circumstances in my life. With sadness and pain comes the pieces of my heart feeling as if it’s broken into hundred of shards. They’re pieces so small that I’m sure they will never be put back together. It’s the brokenness from a damaged relationship. It’s the brokenness from a death. It’s the brokenness from a sin that I so willingly committed. Those pieces can never be brought back together to make me whole again. But is that really true?
Those broken pieces can be loved and healed by God. The bible tells us in Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise.” Those pieces that are broken due to sin…when we come to Our Father with the fragments and a repentant heart, He can restore that beauty.
When we come to him with the shards of pain from a hurt or a devastation, He molds them in His hands to heal them.
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our Potter; we are all the work of your hand.” –Isaiah 64:8
Thank you, Jehovah Rapha, for healing those broken pieces and putting us back together. Without your loving touch, we cannot know what wholeness truly means.
I encourage you, dear friends, to lean into God and allow Him to take what’s broken and trust that He will make it whole.