broken to beautiful
I walked into a gallery in Charleston a few weeks ago. The walls were filled with beautiful mosaics, made of layers of painted pieces, stone, and painted papers- music sheets, postcards, maps. In the gallery, standing in front of their beauty, the mosaics took my breath away. The hundreds of intricate pieces carefully placed together left me staring.
As I wandered around the gallery in astonishment, the artist and I began talking. Although my mom and my mouths were wide open, my mom asked how she got into making mosaics. Long story short, after a giant fight with her husband (which included him packing up his bags and leaving) she lost it. Filled with rage, she tore apart her latest painting until all that was left was shreds. The painting was gone; cut to shreds and unrepairable.
Realizing later what a rash decision it had been, and filled with regret, she attempted to piece back together her painting. With the scraps of her hard work in her hands, she began working on getting it back to the original painting. Well- her painting- made of torn and broken pieces- ended up selling. Suddenly she became infatuated with the idea of making mosaics.
All of her work became mosaics- and that was what sold. Her mosaics became extremely successful and now years later she was still making them. A moment of absolute heartbreak began her first masterpiece. A moment when all seemed hopeless would turn into her success as an artist and her passion for mosaics.
Recently I’ve realized God loves to turn broken things into beauty. Whether its situations, people, or feelings, He takes what seems like shreds of a lost masterpiece and molds it into a beautiful mosaic.
In the moments when we look at our hands and all we can see is the scraps of what we feel is unrepairable, God takes the pieces and forms something new. He takes what we feel is a lost masterpiece and forms something unimaginable. He makes us and our pain into something better than when we began; He is a true artist.
God restores our hearts by taking the pieces of our pain to make something better.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
The past few weeks I had been feeling a whirlwind of disappointment. Dealing with an injury that prevented me from running (one of my true passions) left me hopeless and frustrated. I had other small frustrations- whether it was heartbreak over missing Christian Music Day or something else I was excited for- I couldn’t understand the purpose of all the disappointment.
I wish I could tell you my prayers were answered in the exact way I had planned & that suddenly I understand why I was left disappointed. Disappointment is never easy, and sometimes in the moment it is SO hard to understand what God is going to use our pain through. However, as soon as the artist told me her story, I knew. God does promise he will turn our suffering into joy and that it is purposeful. He has a plan He has promised us & He will ultimately fulfill our hearts.
Sometimes God breaks us down so we can realize we need Him. In these moments of disappointment, anger, heartbreak, God can make it beautiful. God can take our tears and turn them to joy, and our sadness into praise. We worship a God whose plans include turning our lowest points until His highest.
We have a God that is an Artist. He loves more than anything to mold us into beautiful masterpieces from broken pieces.
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11
I haven written anything in AGES, and finally over fall break a found some inspiration again and wrote this a few weeks back. Hope you enjoyed this random little faith + pictures post :)
Here are some of the songs that inspired this post as well as a link to the artist herself that inspired this post:
- Laura DiNello gallery
- Move- Toby Mac
- The Broken Beautiful- Ellie Holcomb
- Thy Will be Done- Hillary Scott & the Scott Family
- Feel it- Toby Mac