Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mosaic Life...



Ephesians 2:10

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

Shattered 

Many areas in my life have been shattered to pieces. Some pieces grounded down to dust, and others are left as few shards so delicate they cut at first contact. This is how many of us feel, like useless pieces of glass or debris ready to be tossed away, no purpose and no beauty to share with the world.


Our hearts break to pieces with every painful moment we live

The first time I read the bible verse above, my thought was but people don't know what I have been through, how can I be a masterpiece when all I have left are shattered pieces of my life? Who wants to use me (not abuse me)? Who would even listen to me?

To my amazement, there is still use and purpose for our lives and experiences. The struggles that I have faced are indeed due to my poor choices and judgment of the moment. However, God can still take a mess and make it into a message. He can use the broken pieces, recycle them and put together into a mosaic masterpiece.


We can still have purpose regardless of our origin and our prior form

What is Mosaic? 

Mosaic is an art form where pieces are gathered to develop a coherent image. It consists of  creating images with an assemblage of small pieces  with color such as glass, stone, and other material (other material that we would consider ready to toss away). This is what we all are, mosaic art formed in God's image. 

God is the glue to our brokenness...

God is who puts is back together (as his own masterpiece once again). He takes anything that we see shattered in our lives and converts it into a testimony, a message of hope, a blessing a miracle. God is our glue, in this case he is like grout, keep in mind that grout is fluid concrete that is used to fill gaps in mosaic art. When God puts us back together he wants to make sure he fills in all of our gaps, he wants us whole again for his purpose. There is no wasting in God's eyes, he makes sure that others  see the beauty reflected from our brokenness, but most importantly that we see it within ourselves. 

The first areas where God wants to solidify and glue together are our hearts and minds. 

Psalm 73: 26
My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my potion forever.
God works on our hearts to accept the things we cannot change, and to take what he gives us, knowing it is within our best interest. God wants us to have space in our hearts for him. Love is God and God is Love. God makes the ultimate sacrifices for us his children, and as a parent is he is willing to go the distance to ensure our healing and growth, but he will also make sure that we learn our lesson and uses that experience as a piece, a part of the overall masterpiece (remember there is no wasting with God!).  

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 
God works on our minds to be collected and renew our thought process, releasing us from the triggers, anxiety, and oppression suffered through our shattering moments. He wants to clean our minds, and put the pieces back together to remember that God never forgets us. When we surrender our minds we surrender our hurtful habits of negativity, pessimism, anger, pity, pride, comparisons and other thoughts that only a hurt mind could develop. In place God puts optimism,hope, faith, devotion, empathy, growth, freedom and above all love. 

Every time a small part of us breaks off, God uses it to either restore us in an improved art piece or to complete another masterpiece he's just restored or has started to restore.  In the end God uses all of us in his masterful puzzle to connect us and ensure we understand and help each other. 

This has been my Aha moment...