Christian, Poem

The Broken Shell

Broken, yet beautiful.

Cracked, weathered and torn.
Filled with holes that fail to cover your insides.
It’s not natural to see the curves and spirals of your insides.

Yet, maybe it is…

First only seen and felt by the soul that was created in you.
Yet when broken, all is revealed.
The smoothness of your insides will be felt by all.

The missing pieces forever gone, but maybe you are better without them.
Left all by yourself, washed up on shore, along with all of the other broken pieces.
Stepped on by passerby’s who dismiss you as only a broken shell.

They miss your beauty, your worth.

Everyone sees beauty in perfection, but the one who sees beauty in brokenness will find the hidden treasures of this world.

Because the light that shines in the broken will shine brighter than the stars on the darkest night.

Maybe that is how God intended it to be.

His glory and light will only shine the brightest

In those who allow Him inside and let His light shine forth for all the world to see.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.-1 Corinthians 1:27

But he said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.-2 Corinthians 12:9-10

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.-Psalm 73:26

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.-Philippians 2:14-16

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.-2 Corinthians 4:6

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”-John 8:12

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Comfort for those in Distress

“But those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction.  He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction…” -Job 36:15-16

This is for all of you who suffer from heartbreak, sorrow, distress, misfortune, and all the other painful things life brings. These are the things that cut our hearts the deepest and leave their impressions on us for the rest of our lives.  We ask, “Why did God let this happen to me?” and “How will I ever be able to go about my life like normal again?”  We see the broken, bruised pieces of our hearts and try to shove them back together again.  Whenever the pain comes back we yell, “Just heal already!  Get over it!  You are making a big deal out of nothing.”  As if we could heal our own hearts.  I hate to break it to you, but we can’t heal our own hearts.  Only God can.  So the big question is, why does He allow this pain in our lives?  What if we are innocent like Job, yet all this pain and suffering comes our way?  What many Christians will come to realize is that the biggest turning points in their relationship with God is usually during the most painful periods of their lives.  That is when you realize that you need something strong to hold on to, or else you will shatter into a million pieces.  You suddenly realize all the things you put your faith and trust in you can’t depend on after all.  Everything in life suddenly becomes a blur and you can’t find meaning and purpose anymore.  You thought you had your life under control, and all the sudden your worst nightmares are coming around.  Sometimes we need to be broken in order to realize how much we need God, how important it is for us to be deeply rooted in Him.  When life is good, we easily forget the importance of the Solid Rock in our lives.  But when all hell breaks loose, that is by far the best reality check for us.  He is teaching us to grow and dwell in Him, so that we can have a closer relationship with Him.  We shouldn’t be growing numb to Him!  When we are in distress He will “Woo you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction…”  Sometimes growing closer to God is a painful process, but it is absolutely worth the pain, because God’s love is better than life.

For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall.-Isaiah 25:4

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?-Romans 8:35

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” -James 1:2-3

“Lord my God, I called to You for help, and you healed me.”-Psalm 30:2

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God is the Ultimate Artist

“But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”-Isaiah 64:8

But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.-Ephesians 4:20-24

 
 When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at a young age, I truly believed God was magnificent and was the ultimate creative Genius. I mean, He made this world and the galaxies right? I remember getting my first pair of glasses and being completely blown away by the detail and the beauty He created in this world.  I remember in particular seeing a tree in a complete new way. I was totally blind before to all the leaves on the tree and how the wind made them sway in the light.  Before, when I did not have glasses, the tree was just one big fuzzy blob.  Of course if I held a leaf close to my eyes I could see the beauty and detail, but seeing it all together far away was a different story.  When God begins to transform us, we see the little obvious things, but are often blind to the whole picture.  We need the word of God to help us see and understand His will.  The Bible is like my new pair of glasses.  To all of you who have good vision, when you think of a leaf on a tree, do you think of a realistic detailed tree covered in leaves or a big fuzzy blob that sort of resembles a tree?  Maybe that is how some Christians view being resurrected in Christ,  they know the basics, that they should turn from their sin and repent.  They focus on the painful part, the part they immediately feel and see.  But they forget the beautiful masterpiece they will become.  When they think of the whole picture they see the fuzzy blob, not the beautiful detailed tree God created that is like a fingerprint, different and unique in the way it was created.  It takes time, patience, and faith when you let God transform you.  He makes us face our sins and turn away from them, which is painful.  We begin to lose hope and forget He is making us new.  The more you surrender and become like Christ, the more you become the beautiful masterpiece He created you to be.   God is the Creator of you and me, the world, the galaxies, the sun and stars, and infinitely so much more. God has quite the imagination, in the best possible ways. I will forever be in awe of that!

The reason I am bringing up how awesome and creative God is because I think a lot of people think of God the wrong way. Some may think God is boring and is trying to suck all of the joy out of our lives when He transforms us. Or at least, a lot of Christians act that way. We walk around, miserable because we don’t know how to have fun or enjoy the life He has given us because we were born and raised in the world.  We only knew how to have “fun” and enjoy life from the worlds perspective. The world and even churches are putting God in a box. Why!? What is wrong with dancing if it is done for the glory of God? What is wrong with eating certain kinds of food if done for the Glory of God?  We should find joy in the new life He has given us.  Our God is not boring!  “Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.”-Psalm 149:3   “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.”-1 Corinthians 10:31

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.-Proverbs 17:22

I could go on because I know there are Christians who are out there that are miserable and do not have the joy of the Lord because they forget the joy life brings. Yes, we are sinful, and we must no longer live in sin, but God created laughter! He created joy, happiness, music, art, and every good thing ever created. We just can’t pervert these things, we can’t use them in the way God never created them to be used. For example we should not enjoy hurting others, and we should not degrade beautiful women in music that brings out lust. We also should not eat to the point we almost kill ourselves.  The world has perverted a lot of things God intended for good.

“The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So will the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body,it is raised a spiritual body.”-1 Corinthians 15:41-44

I hope this verse brings Christ followers comfort and joy when they read this passage. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, and in this chapter he was explaining to the Corinthian Christians the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of believers though Him. They had gotten through the first step, professing and believing Jesus Christ was the Son of God and that He conquered death when He rose from the dead. But they couldn’t seem to understand how those who believe could also be risen from the dead and die to their own sins. I think a lot of Christians today feel that same way, I know I did. What does it mean to be fully transformed and made alive in Christ?

When we ask Christ into our hearts, prepare for a transformation. Prepare to be made alive! When you are made alive, that is when you experience true joy, love, peace the way they were created to be experienced. All while you are walking in a sweet fellowship with God.  That means we do not get transformed into cold, miserable, Christians that all look and act alike. That is what I started to dread as I grew older, that I would be turned into something I’m not and would lose my imagination and the things that make me who I am as a person. To me, it seemed everyone was trying to be something they weren’t, and I didn’t want to be like them. Man, how I used to be deceived. We should trust God and really get to know how awesome He is. (We find out more about Him by praying, reading His word, and having fellowship)  When He transforms us through Christ, we become alive and more into what He wants us to be. And that is not into a boring and miserable person. God didn’t make a black and white world did He? Didn’t He create all the different sunsets and all the colors on the rainbow? Imagine what He wants to do with you! We are the masterpiece and He is the Artist! So no, He does not want cookie cutter Christians, He wants you to be who He created you to be. He doesn’t want us to look like each other, but like Him.  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”-Genesis 1:27

God is infinitely beautiful, so when we start to look like Him, we will have different gifts and ways of showing love.  We will be beautiful in different ways.  But the one thing we will have in common is Christ.  Also, our “fruits” will be the same, because they are given to us by the Holy Spirit who dwells in those made new in Christ.  Christ is our rock, and we must ALL be deeply rooted in Him.  Let God transform your mind to be like Christ’s, and allow Him to raise you from the dead.   Turn from the sin, follow Christ, and let His love and light fill you. Let Him make you beautiful in His own eyes, and be prepared to be blown away.  “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.-Psalm 139:14″

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.-Ephesians 2:10

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him.  Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke Him saying, “Lord, save us!  We’re going to drown!”  He replied,  “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”  Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked,  “What kind of man is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”     Matthew 8:23-27

When I read this, words can’t describe how much I was comforted.  See, when I read this, there was a storm going on in my head.  Sometimes I find that my mind is overwhelmed with thoughts, questions, doubts, reflections, desires and so on.  You wonder (me at least), “Why can’t I just understand whats going on?  Why can’t I get my thoughts straight?”  It is the most frustrating and scary thing when there is a furious storm going on in your mind.  It is when you lose control.  When the waves start crashing over the boat, you began to think that it will sink.

What I find most interesting about this passage is the fact Jesus was sleeping.   The disciples were scared for their lives, so of course they woke Jesus and asked Him to save them.  When He asks,  “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”, I felt He was asking me the same exact question.  I think that anytime believers doubt and become afraid, He asks us this question.  Why are we so afraid?  Maybe we realize that we no longer have control, and that is when we have to put our faith in God.  The key thing we must learn is that it is always God that must be in control, not us.  Because really, if you think about it,  what can we do when we lose control?  What do we do when suddenly a furious storm approaches?

After Jesus asks this question He gets up and rebukes the wind and the waves.  What man can do this?  Only God can.  Then after rebuking the storm, there was a complete calm.  After reading this passage I found an answer!  What do you do when there is a storm going on in your mind or in your life?  Trust in God because He is the calm to your storm.  He is the only one that will calm it and bring peace to your mind and life.   I hope this passage can help you as much as it has helped and comforted me:)

 

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