The title of this blog is the name of a book written by Shelley Hitz (www.ShelleyHitz.com). In her book she presents the narrative of colouring beautiful pictures with broken crayons. As she explains her personal sense of “brokenness”, her application is that God can still use people for beautiful works of art in life. I agree.
Shelley has spent energy and time to write, design a vlog and etc. You may find her tools useful. But today, you are here. You’re on a church website, not a self-care blog. Why? A misdirected click or a nudging you sensed?
The word “broken” is enticing. I think many in the current church culture struggle with a sense of meaning and significance. Our insecurities are supported through media, mental illness awareness, and easy access to statistics that keep reminding us how many others are “feeling down.” The world’s grief leads to death (2 Corinthians 7:10).
This is a blog, not a quick fix. But as we mature in the faith (Hebrews 5:14; James 1:2-4) we start to see many whispers of significance and beauty in the scriptures. For instance, Moses was a character in the Old Testament (Exodus) who was raised as a Prince of Egypt. He knew power, had education, and all the luxuries of food and experience. When the climax of his life came to be a LEADER God gave him all he needed. A stick and God’s Name (Exodus 4). With both, he changed the world.
Again in the Old Testament, David was anointed to be king of Israel as a young man (1 Samuel 16f). Even so, his brothers called him conceited for asking questions. We still teach the story of when his LEADERSHIP skyrocketed. God gave him something powerful. Five small stones and God’s name (1 Samuel 17:40,45). With both, he changed the world.
I am not trying to be obtuse or unaware of the exceptions to this simplified observation, but BIG dreams in God’s hands, are often met in humble ways to show God’s power. The apostle Paul wrote; “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Everyone is “fine” or posting of their “greatest highlights” but when was the last time any of us celebrated our weaknesses? Perhaps, it’s time for us to celebrate that our crayons are broken, not because they can still produce beauty, but because a greater Name holds them. From babies to graveside funerals, people always value who is holding them. I believe Jesus is holding me (John 10:29), broken and weak, but always loved. That’s enough for me. What about you?