God loves broken things. He makes the ocean break as waves on the shore, sending shards of water glistening into the sky. He breaks the stillness of a Northern, summer morning with the call of a loon. He sends His little critters to break down a fallen tree stump into fertile soil where more delicate plants can grow. God loves broken things, because He can use them. He used five loaves, two fishes and Peter’s broken promises. He can use each broken life.
Witness again the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. The heat of the day has passed now on the Judean countryside. A bronzed man in simple loose garments surveys each soul that has come to listen. He sees hunger in their eyes. Yes, they hunger for His words, but He also knows by the gnawing in His stomach that his disciples concerns ring true. He takes the five loaves and two fishes offered to Him, blesses them in prayer, and breaks them. Only fragments could be shared.
Impetuous Peter! On the eve of his master’s death, Peter makes a promise. He will not forsake his Jesus, even if it will cost him his life. Peter means every word, but in a moment of fear, he runs. When he’s cornered, he lies. When the rooster crows, he knows that he denied his Lord. Peter sees the broken promises and weeps. God uses His brokenness and contrition and makes a fiery, humble leader out of him. God knew He could best use Peter after his pride was broken.
God wants to use us. Each one of us is broken, weak, useless without Him. God seems to use the cruelest sources to draw us to His Perfectness–a terminal illness, a friend’s betrayal, a day that didn’t go our way. Often He uses our own inadequacies. We work so hard to be worthy of grace, but He wants us to be broken. When we fall before Him in shatters, weeping for mercy, He picks us up and molds the pieces into a gentle, strong, humble, loving saint.
Things of this life will be broken like the five loaves and Peter’s pride were to serve the Master’s purpose. Let us place our trust in One Who never breaks His promises. “And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for My Strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me… for when I am weak, then am I strong.'” 2 Corinthians 12:9,10b