The wand shattered and the jewels went flying across the room as our foster princess accidentally dropped her new Elsa wand on the floor. And as I sat there in my chair, waiting for her reaction, I held my breath. I wasn’t sure if she would cry, throw a fit or do both. But to my surprise, she did neither. Instead, she calmly picked up the pieces and after examining them and realizing she couldn’t fix it, she confidently carried them to her “Daddy Dan” because she knew he could.
As I silently watched this simple exchange between a father and child, I began to think about how often I cry and throw a fit over the broken pieces in my life without first taking them to my heavenly Father and placing them in His hands so that He can fix them. Or how often I accept life’s troubles just because there is nothing “I” can do to fix them.
And shamefully, I decided that I do this far too often.
But friend, as I watched her confidently skip away knowing in her heart that he would soon fix it, I wondered how much easier my life—or rather our lives—would become if we went to Him with our pain. If we brought Him the shattered pieces of our lives. And if we gave Him the problems that keep us up at night. What if? The Bible says that when we come to Him in faith, He will mend our broken hearts. He will bind up our wounds. And He will heal and restore our bodies.
He did it for Hannah in 1 Samuel. She cried out to the Lord in the temple and after the Priest finally ruled out that her “ugly cry” wasn’t a result of drunkenness, he told her that God had heard her prayers. But not only had He heard them, He had answered them. And so she left no longer downcast. She skipped away and went back to eating. She went back to smiling. She went back to living life knowing that she had given her problems to her Father and He would indeed fix them. She wasn’t told how and she wasn’t told when, but she trusted that He would. And you know what? He did. But not only once with the birth of her first-born Samuel, but five more times afterwards. And it’s because friend, when God shows up, He shows out! He never just gives barely enough, but more than enough. And it is because it is in His very nature to go far above what we could ever hope for, dream of, or begin to imagine.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, ~Ephesians 3:20
So today, let’s pick up our pieces–the ones that we can’t repair–the one’s that appear hopeless–and let’s confidently take them to our heavenly Father. Let’s leave them in His loving hands and skip away knowing that He is ready, willing, and able to do what we can’t. And that is put the pieces of our lives back together.
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