My treasured friend, gifted and strong, came undone. Like a lovely piece of pottery knocked from her shelf, she shattered into shards. As she lay on the ground in pieces, gasping for relief, her Creator was at work. Every single sliver was tenderly picked up, preserved, and artfully arranged into a beautiful mosaic.
In the breaking, she went from being lovely and admired on the shelf to a masterpiece of artistry moving in empowered beauty.
In the breaking, her communing with God released her to be fully loved in her brokenness and conformed to the image of Christ.
In the breaking, communing with God shapes us to become His expressions of abundant provision to meet others in their own fractured brokenness.
In Luke 24, Jesus takes bread, blesses it, breaks it, and gives it to His two disheartened friends. In that moment of breaking the bread, their eyes open and they realize Who walked alongside them on the way to Emmaus.
This process of taking, blessing, breaking, and giving was a familiar one to Jesus’ followers.* They watched Him do the very same thing as He fed the 5,000 and again as He fed the 4,000.
In the breaking of a few loaves to satisfy the hunger of multitudes, Jesus revealed a glimpse of Himself as the God of power and plenty, moved by compassion to bring abundance in place of scarcity.
This same process was part of the Last Supper preparation for Jesus’ sacrifice, as the Bread of Life Himself was broken for us and given for our redemption.
Taking, blessing, breaking, and giving also marks seasons in your spiritual journey. Taken into God’s hands, into His family, into His throne room, lifted into His arms. Blessed and prayed over by your Intercessor, nurtured, delighted in, spoken over with love. Broken, grieved, afflicted, humbled. Given to meet needs you could not meet had you remained intact and unbroken.
In the breaking, your communing reveals fresh glimpses of God as He discloses Himself to your longing, fragile soul. Isaiah 57:15 says the High and Holy One dwells with the contrite and broken. He makes His home in the midst of your brokenness, pouring Himself into the cracks of your humanity, making you whole.
In the breaking, your jagged edges and torn places let in the weightiness of His being. Your hard ground is upturned by the plow and made ready for the seeds of His nature.
In the breaking, you are freed to accept deep and undeniable love wrapped up in true grace. That love and grace produces threads of Christlikeness which He tenderly weaves into your being.
In the breaking, you commune with God in fresh, fiery ways. God’s ways of love become so life-giving and sustaining they dig deep ruts in you. Your brokenness invites Him into your soul, and you welcome the shaping that transforms you to think and see and love like Him. Then that is what God gives to the world. Him in you.
God in you.
Whatever aspect of the character of God that overwhelms and rescues you in your time of brokenness becomes the fragrance of your being.
In the breaking, your communing with God transforms you so that others experience the Presence of God, expressed in you in the ways He has sustained and pursued you.
Who has God been to you in your breaking?
If God has met you as your Gentle Shepherd, you long for others to experience this gentle sustaining and pursuing Presence when they are with you. However God has met you – as your Strong Defender, Father of Mercy, Comforter, Source, Provider, Safe Refuge, Soul Rest, Prince of Peace, Hope-Giver, Joy-Bringer, Beloved – that is the aspect of our God that you carry deep within.
In the breaking, communing with Him opens up spaces to gaze at Him across the table. And in the gazing, you become whole. You become the masterpiece of artistry, the beautiful mosaic of redeemed shards, the carrier of His presence to a broken world.
We welcome you to the table with your sisters as we commune with Christ across the world at the Velvet Ashes Retreat this weekend. It’s not too late to join us.
*Matthew 14:19, 15:36, 26:26; Mark 6:41, 8:6, 14:22; Luke 9:16, 22:19, 24:30, 35