“EVEN BROKEN THINGS CAN BECOME BEAUTIFUL”

Before Christmas I was turning a bowl for Pam’s company party.  I cut out all the pieces and glued them together.

Bowl#1

The next step was to mount the bowl project on the lathe to begin balancing and preliminary shaping of  the  bowl.

Bowl#2

After balancing, shaping, and removing all the excess wood to make the sides of bowl much thinner, I was beginning the step of smoothing both the inside and outside of the bowl.  A friend of mine had asked to come by and watch the final steps of finishing the bowl.  In rough balancing of the bowl, the lathe  is turning at about 850 RPMs.  The final shaping and smoothing, the bowl is  spinning at about 1,150 RPMs.  I was getting the sides of the bowl thinner and thinner when suddenly the rings of  the bowl separated and two of the rings exploded into many pieces.  It doesn’t take much for this to happen at the high-speed of the lathe.

My friend just stood silently by and I calmly said, “Oh  well.”  It was not time to scrap the project.  It was time to remedy the disaster.  I was able to smooth the remaining to and bottom rings (along with part of the middle rings that had flown around the shop).  I then sanded the top and bottom pieces.  After two new rings had been glued together it was time to clamp all the pieces together and wait for the glue t dry.

Bowl#3

If you will look closely, you will be able to see the  original top and  bottom  of the bowl and the small rings that were left from  the  explosion.  In  the middle are the new pieces that must be balanced and turned to make the final shape of the bowl.

Bowl#4

As you can see, “Even Broken Things Can Become Beautiful.”  I believe the finished bowl was more beautiful than it would have been before the explosion.  It now had two thin rings that added additional features that were not planned in the  original project.  The bowl was also a little deeper.

Unless you had been present as my friend and I were, you would think that I had followed the original plan.  But, now you know.

The bowl was a big hit at the Christmas party.

*****
In this world, broken things are despised and thrown out. Anything we no longer need, we throw away. Damaged goods are rejected, and that includes people.  The world is full of people with broken hearts, broken spirits and broken relationships.
There are some things in our lives that need to be broken: pride, self-will, stubbornness, and sinful habits, for example. When we feel our brokenness, God compensates.
To us, broken things are despised as worthless, but God can take what has been broken and remake it into something better, something that He can use for His glory. Broken things and broken people are the result of sin. Yet God sent his Son, who was without sin, to be broken so that we might be healed.
God draws us, He calls to us. He longs for us to come to Him so He can heal us. Often, we are unable to hear His call because we’re so busy with other things – our lives, our families, our work, our own problems and unhappiness. Sometimes we must be broken before we realize our need. And our deepest need is to be reconciled to God. Only then can we be made whole.

The solution can never come from our own efforts or striving, but comes only from Him. Only when we recognize our need for God are we able to take our eyes off ourselves and focus them on God and Jesus Christ. Only when we stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking about what Jesus did for us can we begin to heal. Only when we admit our need and ask God into our life, can God begin to make us whole. Only when we confess that we are broken can God make us into what He wants us to be. Once we let go of self and place God at the center of our lives, everything else falls into place

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