September 3 – Pieces

“God, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!”
-Jeremiah 17:14

A tree fell in my parent’s backyard this week and miraculously missed their house and anything of value in the yard. As perhaps this tree was ready to fall, it triggered a cliché saying “what goes up, must come down.” This particular tree grew to its limits, and had slowly been breaking down. But as we are taught, to pick ourselves up back again when things go south, I reminisced that, this particular tree will never be upright again. It’s left in pieces on the backyard floor. 
It has fallen, but it won’t get back up. As we all have fallen in our lives, we strive to pick up the pieces to pull ourselves back together. We journey on in life and our experiences show us that there will be times we fall. We won’t always get put back together the same way. Perhaps we will grow elsewhere, or perhaps we learn to live with our fallen selves. 

“Put your broken pieces into God’s hands and watch Him use them to work His wonders.”
-Christine Caine

As we are all sinners, yet we are all saints -worthy of love, and grace and cherished beyond measure. Our striving to pick up our pieces, is healthy yet it isn’t all about our performance, it is who we become when all falls apart. 

Julian of Norwich said:
“First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God.”

We know a God who loves who we are, whether standing strong, or broken up on the lawn below. Our value and uniqueness remains, our purposes still present. We look at what has become of us, and ask God to make us to become who we were made to be. Not to shame, but to appreciate, that yes we can pick ourselves back up, but we were made for recovery, growth, journey and love. 
You are deserving of grace today, let’s pass that forward.

Your love is wild for me
It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed
Your love is proud
To be seen with me
‘Cause You don’t give Your heart in pieces

-Pieces, Steffany, Dawn Gretzinger

Further Reading:

“Sometimes what we think is best is actually not the best for us. God knows the beginning from the end and knows how to make you whole. Your brokenness is not the end of who you are; it is the beginning. Life will break you, but God will mend you and make you stronger through it all. The society in which we live approaches brokenness with trying to fix it themselves. We cannot fix ourselves. The truth is only God can turn a life that is broken into a thing of beauty.” 
― Mandy Fender, Beautifully Broken: Giving God the Broken Pieces

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