You look around and your heart sinks as you see the jar that was previously standing proudly on the kitchen table now lying in a jagged heap of broken pottery. What do you do next? That will depend on a couple of things – your mentality and your attachment to the thing that is broken.
If you have little attachment to the jar then it will be swept up and placed in the bin, soon to be replaced by a shiny new jar.
You may be only a bit attached to the jar but laziness or our consumer culture may encourage you to again bin what is broken and pick up something entirely new.
However, some people will see the broken shards and be willing to spend time piecing the jar back together in an attempt to restore it to its former glory. This is a noble pursuit but depending on the severity of the breakage, the quality of the tools and the skill of the repairer the jar is unlikely to look the same as before. The cracks will be visible and the jar’s structural integrity has been compromised and it is likely to remain fragile.
God is entirely different. He loves us unconditionally He will not throw us away but has a deep desire to create the new from the old. When he sees us lying broken on the floor His heart too is broken, and He is moved by compassion to not only fix us but recreate us. When we allow Him the chance He will make something infinitely superior and stronger than what existed before.
Will you allow God the chance to bring new life to you in your brokenness today?
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)