2014-01-10 / Faith

COMMENTARY Christianity

God’s grace finds those with flaws, scars
By Debbie Dillon
Special to the Acorn

Debbie Dillon Debbie Dillon We walked beneath jagged patterns of Monterey cypress that jutted out from rocks and cliffs, their twisted, tangled branches formed by the swift breath of the sea.

Each swell of surf deposited bits and pieces of shell and rock onto a beach already peppered with remnants of the mystery taking place beneath the rise and fall of each wave.

My daughter and I zigzagged our way from trinket to trinket, fascinated with the many colors and shapes, and filled our pockets with each little treasure.

Together we searched for whole shells, the most beautiful ones miraculously complete and still intact without flaws or cracks.

But I soon saw beauty in even the broken pieces randomly strewn about.

How amazing that something so small and fragile could withstand the rough and raging sea, and emerge showing evidence of the journey, telling its own story.

Somehow each fragment recorded history, with its broken edges worn smooth by every turn of the tide. If the pieces had remained intact, they wouldn’t have been as unique or as interesting.

The cracks, the breaks, the scarring produce strength of character and make each one stand out among the rest, I realized.

It’s in our brokenness that we look to the One who holds the pieces—the One who sees his children whole and vibrant. He alone looks beyond flaws and mistakes and into the hearts of his creations.

You’re forever beautiful to him, whether broken or whole, crumbling with the world around you or dancing on top of it.

How wonderful to belong to the God who holds the missing pieces. And he does indeed hold them— there, in the scars of his hands.

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge— that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19) NIV

Debbie Dillon is founder and editor of Christian Women’s Voice magazine. Visit www.christianwomensvoice.org.

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