May 14, 2015
I texted Paul and told him, and he just said “I will fix it.” I told him that it was REALLY broken, but he said that he would do his best. Later that afternoon, I got home from the store and Paul had already gotten home from work and had my “Believe” sign patched up and drying in the garage. He said that we would have to wait and see how it turned out. Because it is a curvy piece, he couldn’t just clamp it like he does other pieces he works on. He had to hold it together gently and give it time to set before he could tape it together for the final drying time. It took patience. It took time. It worked. You can see where it was broken if you look closely, but I just touched it up with a little permanent marker and it is going back up where it belongs.
God is like that with us. We have fallen. We are broken. Some of us are in pieces. We look and think that there is no hope of ever being put back together. But God is patient. He holds us gently while He works with us. Then He gives us the time we need before setting us back out where we can feel mended and useful again. There may still be a few cracks, but that’s ok. God’s permanent marker works quite well. And those cracks are a reminder of what He has brought us through.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”