One morning, I was cleaning kitchen counters and loading dishes in the dishwasher. I remembered the butter dish was empty. I began to wash the decorative dish with soapy water and then, I felt it again. The smooth ceramic finish had a rough corner—it was broken.
After I dried my hands and found my magnifying glass. Like a “want to be” Sherlock Holmes I found the crack! The corner was chipped and someone glued the evidence back on. My favorite butter dish was broken.
Later, I questioned my husband. He casually said, “Oh yeah, it accidentally slipped through the dish rack and the corner chipped. I fixed it.” Before I could deliver my well rehearsed reprimand, God had begun to speak to me.
My husband was right; it was fine. The butter dish was still beautiful and still useful. A little glue repaired the dish, and it looked unscathed. I, however, focused on the damage and not the repair. My point of view needed to be questioned. Would I focus on the broken, or the restored, butter dish?
Sometimes I can live in the past and focus on the formerly broken places of my life. Jesus paid a great price to restore and heal me. (Click to Tweet) I have to remember not to carry the broken chip on my shoulder and choose my point of view, broken or restored.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3, New American Standard Bible).
We can’t avoid negative experiences, but God will use every life experience to reveal His love (Click to Tweet) and help us draw closer to Him. He’ll even use a silly butter dish.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NASB).
Have a blessed weekend.
Anna_Omelchenko © Crestock
New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.