“I am ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.”
Psalm 31:12 (NLT)
Have you ever been broken? I mean the kind of broken when you’re an old clay pot that’s been tossed into the middle of a six-lane highway? Initially you’d crack on impact, but you could still be pieced back together with a couple of tubes of crazy glue. You can still be useful. You can still be fixed.
But imagine you are lying out there in the middle of the highway for days or weeks or years. Imagine you’ve been run over by countless cars and crunched down by sixteen-wheelers. By that time, you are not even recognizable as a pot anymore. You’ve been ground down to a handful of dust in the middle of the highway, so much so that you can’t even recognize that you were once a pot. You can’t be fixed anymore because there’s nothing left to fix.
THAT kind of broken.
Many people, including good Christians, live in this kind of ‘broken’ every day. Outside they may seem perfectly okay, a kind of ‘high functioning’ handful of dust. They may even be able to glue a few of the larger pieces together and claim that they have been ‘fixed’. But trouble comes when they get run over again. And again. The glue doesn’t hold. The shards fall apart. And the poor little pot is more broken then ever.
But here’s the thing. Jesus didn’t come to fix broken things. Even when He was doing His miracles, He wasn’t taking the existing things and just patching them up. He didn’t go to the crippled man, and hand him crutches. He didn’t go into Lazarus’ tomb carrying a nice burial cloth. He didn’t die on the cross to leave us a really nifty philosophy.
Christ doesn’t fix broken pots. He redeems them. In Revelations 21:5, He didn’t say, “I will fix this world.” He said “Look, I am making everything new!”
But back to the road analogy. Perhaps you think you are too broken to be redeemed. Perhaps you believe that, since you are reduced to a handful of dust, there is no way the Lord can put you back together. If this is what you think, then you might want to take a look at this passage.
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Genesis 2:7 (NLT)
God can do an awful lot with a handful of dust.