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Beauty in Brokenness

In the warm, autumn sun, the farm is alive with life!  The dew glistens on the flowers and the pumpkins, inviting your eye to see the perfection of each creation.  Displays are arranged to feature the best of each type of plant, to showcase the cream of the crop.  The hustle and bustle of excited children, searching for the perfect carving pumpkin, tugs at your heart and you can’t help but to smile!

In the corner, though, at the edge of the farm, out of direct sunlight, and just about as hidden as they can be, there are pots of chrysanthemums, seeming out of place.  Are they extras?  Are they pre-purchased?  Why not display them with the others?   The question is asked, and the answer seems surprising: “They are broken.”  To most, these are undesirable, imperfect, not suitable.  But every now and again, I think we need to look beyond the exterior perfection, to find the beauty in brokenness.

Beauty in Brokenness - Being broken doesn't mean you are without beauty.

 

Broken – not “impossible to sell”, just “damaged, imperfect” and so the farmer was willing to take less money.  But, isn’t that the chance you take with a plant?  That it may die, or that it may break?  Or that the frost will claim it a little too early?  Three broken mums were less than the price of one small, perfect mum, and so we chose the three we wanted.

  Broken. Wanted.   Imperfect.  Chosen.
Claimed.  Tended.  Flourishing.  

Isn’t that how it is when Jesus looks at us?  In our own strength, we are broken, imperfect, deeply flawed.  Yet when God sent Jesus to earth, He wasn’t sending Him to look for the perfect.  He was sent for the needy, the hurting, those with a heart to hear His words, the imperfect.

And if we’re honest, that’s all of us – we are all imperfect, needing Jesus.  Some of us may stand off to the side, others may be tucked away behind the fence, or hidden in the shadows.

Those mums that were featured, though, put out as the best and the brightest?  They have just as much of a chance of being broken, damaged, or deeply flawed if not properly cared for.  There’s no guarantee that they will flourish – not without proper care.

And Jesus comes along, and He looks at us.  He sees our imperfections, He finds us out of the way.  He seeks us, broken and damaged as we may be, hiding because we don’t measure up, and He claims us.

Claimed by Jesus. 
Bought with a price. 

Our salvation cost His life.  He saw such value in us – whether we were the featured, lovely-looking life, or the hidden, damaged life – that He paid the price for us.

And He takes us, tends our wounds, our battle-weary hearts, places His perfect protection on us, and we are His.

We are claimed by the only One able to mend our mess.  We are tended by the only One able to make us into what we ought to be, and we flourish because we are loved by the One who can find beauty in our brokenness.

 

 

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  1. Marjorie McDermid says:

    Beautiful parallels. As a flower/plant grower and admirer, I’ve nurtured many a broken one and seen them flourish. I’ve also experienced the healing of God’s nurturing touch. Bless you! Keep on writing.

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    Rebekah Reply:

    You and Aunt Jo have always had such lovely ways of caring and tending – to plants and people. It’s no wonder there is so much life around you! I certainly admire you both! Much love!!

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  2. Marjorie McDermid says:

    Thank you, Becky!

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  3. Hi Rebekah, this is really beautiful. God sees past our brokenness and decided we were worthy of His love and grace.
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you, Wanda! Yes, God absolutely sees past our brokenness, and I have faith that He works in, around, among us in the midst of our brokenness! God is good!

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  4. Beautiful message so beautifully written. What I love about mums is that they come back next year fuller and even more vibrant!
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Pam – wow, I had not even thought of that – that the mums will come back fuller and more vibrant next year! Since writing this post, some major things have happened in my life, and that one simple sentence you shared speaks volumes into the journey I find myself on now! God is good! Thank you!!

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  5. Such a beautiful truth, one I’m so grateful for! Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Nicole @ WKH
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thanks, Nicole – sorry I’m a little slow in replying. We’ve had a bit of sickness going around our house so I’m playing catch-up. I appreciate your kind words here! Thank you!!

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  6. So lovely, friend! I truly appreciate these words here!
    Jen 🙂
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    Rebekah Reply:

    Thank you, dear friend! You bless me! I’m grateful for you!

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  7. I love this story. I can relate to those mums. Beautifully written, Rebekah.

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Oh, me too – I can so relate to those broken, hidden mums. Thanks for your encouragement, Aimee! You are a blessing!

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  8. God is a specialist in nurturing broken people, of whom I am chief. There is nothing to be ashamed of. There is beauty in my brokenness and it can be harnessed for the glory of God. I’m currently broken, going through some tough family times. But, I know God’s beauty will shine forth through my brokenness. Thanks for the encouragement.
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    Rebekah Reply:

    I’ve been praying, Jane. Thank you for sharing your heart. Yes, God’s beauty WILL shine through – He who promised is faithful!

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