We’re all cracked. Take a close look in the mirror and you’ll see the little lines and wrinkles, signs of life lived and stresses worn. As newborns, our skin was puckered and creased, reflecting the months we crouched, enveloped in our mothers’ wombs, waiting for our grand entrance. Weeks and months go by, and our skin becomes silken smooth, reflecting the purity and innocence a fresh child of God holds. Then our childhood of restlessness fills our skin with flaws and scars; some disappear, while others remain, marking us for life as reminders of the past.
By the time we’re grown, our bodies carry these marks. Again, take a look in the mirror and touch the lines, the small creases of skin. But look deeper, and you’ll see the brokenness that lies within. We all have it. Some of us are better at seeing it than others. For some of us, the brokenness is all we see. Maybe it was the pain suffered as a child, or the loss of innocence that inevitably happens to all of us. Maybe it was the loss of trust at the hands of a deceitful friend, once trusted. Maybe it is the shattered relationship where you still remain. You may see it when you look into someone’s eyes. The pool of sadness that hides beneath the smile. For some of us, the brokenness is hidden. Far below a flawless exterior lies a black hole, unseen by the world. But when trials come, and the wall of eggshells crack, the black hole is revealed, and despair sets in.
We all have the brokenness.
Whether we acknowledge it or not, it’s there.
You see, we’re not perfect. No matter how hard we may try or how arrogant we may be, we fail every day.
But it’s not!
Because for that brokenness, there is an antidote. There is a healing that only comes from the finger of God. His touch is like a fountain of youth that fills our wrinkles and creases, renewing it as childlike skin. It spreads. It covers our being with peace and strength and a softness that erases the callousness of our cracks. Look in the mirror. You may see the lines of age, but He sees a child. And when you allow His touch in your life, everyone around is blind to your blemishes and sees only the radiance of God’s spirit flowing through you. It is a contagious joy that cannot be explained. It is divine.
There is one catch: the antidote is not a one-time done deal. You must be continually touched by God and in relationship with Him to have the world captivated by your joy. You must daily reach out to Him, asking for Him to fill your lines with His healing. As a lover yearns for his soul mate, so the Lord yearns for you. Daily.
Without our brokenness, there would be no healing. Amazingly, this brokenness can lead to happiness.
Do you have the joy that only comes from the finger of God?