An ordinary woman with an extraordinary story


Unexpectedly Broken

May 3, 2018

I flitted from room to room in my house, focused on my list of things to do, but distracted by both my phone and the clock. “I can’t seem to finish anything today,” I moaned to myself.

Suddenly a loud pop interrupted my thoughts. I froze in place. “What in the world was that?” I said aloud to the empty house.

The sound reminded me of the noise the siding on my Mom’s house makes when the sun hits it in the morning. The rising heat causes it to expand and pop.

My brick house makes no such sound.

At a loss for the cause, I shrugged my shoulders and went back to my list.

A few hours later, my water glass ran dry. The fresh lime I squeezed into it this morning had refreshed me, so I decided to make myself a refill from the second half of the lime I left on a plate in the kitchen.

That’s when I saw it.

This picture is of a small white dessert plate with blue lines and clusters of small pink roses running around the edge. The plate sits on a blue counter, and has half of a lime upside down in its center.

The 30-year-old plate simply had broken in two, randomly, without warning, while sitting on the counter. No heat change. Nothing dropped on it. Not even any indication of a defect.

I’ve thought about that silly plate for days. So many things in life are like that plate. They happen without warning. Lives are broken into pieces while no one is watching. We cover our defects well, until one day, we just crack. Observers have no idea why. Then we feel useless, destined only for the trash.

God doesn’t agree.

He knows our hidden faults. He sees every tear that falls in secret. He’s aware of the conditions which change in our lives, and every force that comes upon us. Nothing surprises Him. No circumstances overwhelm Him. But no one is ever too broken to be useless in His eyes.

I can’t fix this plate.

But God can mend my broken life. That’s why He sent Jesus.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.”
(Isaiah 61:1-3; quoted by Jesus to describe himself in Luke 4:16-21)


My grandmother told me everything happens for a reason. We may not know why but God does and it is his choice to reveal that reason to us…or not.
Recently we were in a struggle over some real estate property. As we came to the painful conclusion I was extremely upset with this company.
As I prayed for an answer why this trial had been placed before us I just became more and more upset. I was in bed wide awake one night . Again upset about the situation we were in . When a thought came to my mind. A village was overrun by large lions . Although everyone safely made it out they were upset about having to leave their home. A few days later without any warning a flash flood sent a massive wall of water down on the village and it was all gone in seconds. Had the lions not came. Everyone would be dead. Again we know not the reasons for some of the directions and or actions that take place and effect our life. But with faith in our hearts God will always light our paths to help us return to him.

Thank you Lora for sharing. Will be so wonderful to see what God does with all our broken pieces. Not a single piece is lost or forgotten.

Giving God the glory!
Sondra Wood

Great analogy Lora. Blessed me by reading this. May god bless you.

Nothing surprises our Lord and He has a plan. He loves all of His “broken kids”, and sees the beginning and the end all the same. No one is ever too broken for Jesus, what a wonderful reminder. Thanks Lora 🙂

There is a Japanese art form called Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi, which means “golden repair”). It is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. When it is complete, a beautiful and often jagged line of gold glints in the cracks of the original piece.

Thank you everyone for your comments! We can all relate to how it feels to be mended by God. I’m so grateful to Him for His powerful, healing work in my life.
Carol, what an amazing work of art! Those are truly beautiful dishes. What a reminder of how beautiful we are to God – even with our scars.

Thank you for sharing God’s healing message on a day I needed to hear it the most. Faye celebrated 10 earth years in Heaven this morning, but for her it will always be just the start of her best day ever forever.

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