Perspectives

A different look at every day issues.

The Masterpiece of the Broken

"What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they're doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a single day by just offering a few sacrifices? Do they actually think they can make something of stones from a rubbish heap--and charred stones at that?" Nehemiah 4:2
 God always seems to see the big picture. I am reminded of the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls under Nehemiah. Some of the rubble stones were even charred from fire and lay in a heap with the other stones. 
The workers who rebuilt the wall used everything, put the broken pieces back in place, and did not apologize for the way things looked. Obviously, it drew sarcastic comments from the detractors who were actually squatters and did not want the wall rebuilt. 

But the images I keep thinking about are the charred stones
Imagine what the wall must have looked like—charred stones intermingled with the clean ones, producing a speckled effect from a distance. In the end, it did not matter whether or not the stones carried a layer of soot produced by a destructive fire. It only mattered that they had not been discarded and were being used in equal amounts with the other stones. 

It must have looked like a patchwork of odds and ends, yet produced strength enough to accomplish the enormous objective of providing safety for those within its boundaries.

God uses the discarded, burnt-out remnants of humanity to achieve his masterpieces in the lives of those who call him Father. He uses the unlikely, the wounded, and the rejects to do what only he can do—produce a masterpiece whose ingredients are as unalike as possible—just to show he can. 

It's the Masterpiece of the Broken.