Beauty in the Broken
By Jodi Rosser
Each broken piece showed me. Each crack and sliver revealed to me. I was completely broken and crushed just like this clay pot.
There is something powerful about doing something physically for how you feel emotionally.
As I purposefully smashed this piece of pottery with a hammer, I remember my heart being shattered into a million pieces just months before. My entire world had been turned upside down by one word: divorce.
Maybe your one word is different. Maybe it is cancer or miscarriage. Perhaps it is infertility or addiction. As I looked at the pile of pieces on the floor, I did not think this clay pot could be salvaged. It was broken beyond repair.
Have you ever felt like that? As you look at the broken pieces of your life, you just cannot see how anything good can come from it. You honestly have lost all hope.
Hope is an important ingredient as you look at your broken pieces.
Maybe you don’t see hope as you stare at another negative pregnancy test. Maybe you don’t see hope as you are raising your kids as a single parent. Maybe you don’t see hope as you drive to another chemo appointment.
I know I did not see hope as I stared at the shattered pieces in my hands. As I began to glue the broken pieces back together and place a candle inside of the clay pot, I was surprised by what I saw. The light captivated me. It was shining brilliantly through the slivers and cracks in my clay pot.
What if God’s light shined the brightest through our cracks and broken places?
You see, a pot with no cracks, chips, or broken places does not allow much light through it. However, if a pot has many cracks and broken places but still shines brightly for Jesus despite those circumstances, then that is a beautiful thing.
Could our brokenness actually help us to be a stronger light?
Friends, what if we changed our view on brokenness? I want to encourage you today to see the beauty in the broken!
- I see beauty in a woman who perseveres in the middle of her brokenness.
- I see beauty when God is faithful to guide and comfort a broken heart.
- I see beauty when a broken story is shared with another hurting heart and it unleashes hope.
Just like this piece of pottery, your cracks and broken pieces are beautiful when placed in the hands of Jesus.
Jesus is the one who gives us Hope.
If you feel like your brokenness has disqualified you, let me encourage you today with this truth: your brokenness qualifies you even more. Your broken story is the very ingredient God can use to help another heart.
Who better to help someone through an addiction then someone who has experienced freedom from addiction? Who better to comfort someone grieving the loss of a loved one then someone who has experienced comfort during their loss? Who better to offer hope to someone who is walking through a divorce then someone who has walked that same path?
We spread hope when we honestly share our broken stories! As we come along side others and walk through the pain, we can encourage and offer support to those grieving and hurting.
As we share God’s faithfulness in our broken story, it will unleash hope into their broken story.
I don’t know about you, but I want to unleash hope! Hope that our brokenness has a purpose. Hope that God can use our broken story to encourage another hurting heart. Hope that God can turn my tears into my testimony!
Can you see it? The brilliant light shining through your cracks and slivers. The reminder of God’s faithfulness. The hope spreading through your broken story.
Friends, I pray we can remember the beauty in the broken.
Jodi Rosser is a writer and speaks to a steadily growing audience through her podcast, Depth, and her blog, Heartbreak to Strength. Having walked through multiple heartbreaks (divorce, miscarriage, and cancer), Jodi now inspires women to find hope, joy, and purpose through their unexpected storms. She lights up the most when she shares her testimony using her cracked clay pot, a visual reminder that God shines brightest through our broken places. She lives with her two teenage boys and a giant black lab in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
You can connect with Jodi on her website: https://jodirosser.com
Facebook and Instagram @jodi.rosser. To listen to her Depth Podcast, please click on the following link: https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o