Broken Pieces


 IMG_1063 Broken Pieces

One day while walking along the seashore, I offered a prayer of thanksgiving to God for revealing himself in the dazzling light of day, the uniqueness of each sea creature, and the roar of the crashing waves. I then asked him to show me more.

As I made my humble request, I had visions of finding the perfect shell… perhaps a Conch or shiny, new Sand-Dollar. Instead, I felt God calling me to pick up only the broken pieces of shell on this special quest. Even as I wondered who in the world wants the broken ones, I felt God responding to my unspoken thought: “I do” came the simple reply. Why… I wondered as I gathered the broken pieces of shell that had been rejected, left behind, or discarded in place of something new…why would anyone want the broken ones?!!

God’s word came to me almost at once and I knew: The son of man came to save those who are last, least, lonely, and broken. “Those who are well have no need of a doctor!” (Matt 9:12 paraphrased) Thus, determined to obey, I gathered as many broken pieces of shell as I could find on this beautiful, sunshiny day. As I bent to pick up one final broken piece, I was treated to a burst of color and life only to discover a ladybug had made its way to the beach!

IMG_1068With my bucket now full of broken pieces of shells, I somehow knew there was but one thing left to do. Like a puzzle, I gathered all the broken pieces together and at last, I could see the Sand-Dollar I had hoped to find. Far from perfect, shiny, or new, this Sand-Dollar required putting each of the broken pieces together before I could truly recognize the beauty and poetry of its original design.

IMG_1281As I reflected on the meaning of this strange and wonderful Sand-Dollar find, another type of picture came to mind. With deep love, God sent his own Son from heaven above to gather us-the least, last, lonely, and “broken ones”- into one body where His life-giving Spirit “is in all and works through all.” (Eph 4:6; 1Cor 12:7 paraphrased) Through God’s call in Jesus Christ, we have gone from broken to chosen! Though we have many faces and represent many places, together in Christ, we become but a glimpse of God’s great love and amazing grace.United to reflect our Father’s heart, “Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body even though it is made up of many parts.” (1Cor 12:12)

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4 thoughts on “Broken Pieces

  1. What a beautiful story! As I was reading it, I thought of the article I read in the newspaper this week about all the children in Houston coming from broken homes and longing to be adopted. I envisioned them as being the broken pieces of the sand dollars and thru God’s work, putting the pieces back together. I pray that God can mend their broken hearts, dreams, and help them find loving families to call their own.

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  2. Praise God for how he can speak to us through broken pieces of Sand-Dollar… and each other! I think families who adopt are some of the most loving, selfless, beautiful people I know… they are a true reflection of God’s unconditional love. Although these children may come into these families through adoption, they are loved as their own and receive all the blessings (and inheritance) as if they had been born to them physically. It’s like a glimpse of God’s plan for us in Jesus Christ- hard as it is to grasp that kind of love! It’s an everlasting, overflowing kind of love.Thanking God for you, your feedback, and your beautiful heart!

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