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Openings for Grace

by Bridgett Lopata

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2
I needed this reminder, and I got it.

This time, this reminder didn’t come from of a bible study plan, a sermon, a pin on a Pinterest board or a post on Facebook. It came from a broken piece of artwork and a discouraging day. I love how God continues teach us.
On Sunday afternoon I molded a little purple dragon with marbled silver and black streaks, gently highlighted by silver glitter. She was amazing and beautiful. I placed her in the oven to harden like I have done a hundred times before. However, when I removed her from the heat, I saw that she had broken. 
Her whole neck and torso had fallen sideways creating a tear in her body just above her wings. Her head had fallen back and slanted to the right. As soon as she cooled, I threw her away. My sister dug her out of the garbage can, cleaned her up and put her on the shelf.

Later that night I picked her up and held her. I realized she was looking up with her head tilted in expectation. She did not seem so broken sitting in the palm of my hand. I learned a few things from my “failed” artwork: 
 Brokenness, cracks and tears seem bad, but really, they can be openings for grace. The enemy would like nothing more than to define us by a our failures, but God wants to define us by His love. Everyday we are presented with the choice to concentrate on what is ripping us apart or what is holding us together. There will be times in our lives when we must be broken down in order to become the person that God intended us to be. If we stubbornly refuse to listen, God just might allow something to break our hearts so that He can fix our focus.Sometimes we feel like we belong in the garbage can, but God is great at rescuing and restoring.  
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.” Psalms 62:5-6