Beauty in a Stained Glass

Why I have decided to start a Blog.. please share with others if you can relate

Hello Friends,

I chose this picture to represent how broken pieces can create something beautiful. This stained glass window hangs at the front of my church and every Sunday it is illuminated to reflect its beauty. But what I don’t have a picture of, is what it looks like in the dark. When there is no light shining through it, a very visible crack is evident that has carefully been mended. When I first saw this, I was shocked at the difference. I had no idea the crack was even there (just shows I didn’t go to the sanctuary very much at night).

So why am I telling you all this? Because this has represented my life. I lived in a lot of brokenness and abuse throughout my first marriage and I felt unable to be used by God. At times, I felt like a hypocrite in any leadership position since my marriage was so broken and fake. I’m sure many of you can relate to that feeling. I know my wonderful deceased 2nd husband, Tom can because he told me so. He lived a life similar to mine before we met and felt like a hypocrite when he was on stage performing for Jesus.

Friends, what Papa God has shown me is that He knew my heart, just as he did Tom’s. We truly desired to bring Him glory and that is what we have done. Papa changed our circumstances by liberating us from our brokenness and shame. But even in the ashes, we were still being used by Him. Our broken pieces were what the enemy (the prince of darkness) wanted to use to keep us from feeling like we couldn’t shine for Jesus. But, friends, when your true desire is to reflect the Son and bring Him glory, Papa will mend the broken pieces and arrange them into His beautiful masterpiece.

Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ” Friends, He calls us His masterpiece when we choose to be created anew in HIm. What does that mean? We have a choice: live for me or live for Him. He knows my future since the remainder of this verse says that He already has good things planned for me before I even existed. Hmmm, it seems like an easy choice to me. Place my life and future into my Creator who knows me best or wing it on my own. Even among our ashes, there is still beauty to be found and I will talk more about that in later posts.


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