READ: 1 Peter 5:6-11
My daughter (when she was a toddler) and my three-year-old boy simply love books. How I wish they were bookworms. But the thing is they just enjoy turning the pages–until they get bored and start scrunching and tearing them to pieces.
Naturally, I would discipline my kids and explain to them that books are precious…. How many children’s books were destroyed? Well, I’m not exactly good in math.
Where I’ve been “expert,” though, is in the art of restoring the pages of each book. No matter how many pieces are there, I would take time to pick them up and put them together with a transparent adhesive tape. It gives me fulfillment that even though the books no longer look perfect, they are fixed and back in shape to serve their purpose again.
Amazingly, we have a GOD who does the same thing…. There may have been times when mistakes, hurts, disappointments, worries, fear, anger, unforgiveness, or the enemy’s attacks have set in and messed up our lives…. There we stand miserable, broken and rendered useless. Yet as we come to Him, becoming as humble and consenting as those lifeless bits of paper are, our God begins to pick up our mess and put the pieces back together.
Nothing is wasted in the hands of our creative God…. And His grace is a lot better than any kind of adhesive tape. Our pages may not look perfect yet in our own eyes, but it pleases Him when we’re back in shape to serve His purposes in our lives.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.”
–1 Peter 5: 10 (NIV)