I broke the black crayon. It reminded me of the meme I’ve seen floating around FB about the broken crayon coloring just as well. In my head, I rebelled -I screamed at the meme, “This crayon doesn’t work just as well anymore!” Holding the crayon took more effort. I struggled to keep it steady, it was awkward sometimes. Staying in the lines became a greater challenge. But, then I thought, maybe broken people are a little the same. The color can be just as beautiful. The person with the crayon may need to be a little more careful – more intentional. Coloring may be just a little bit slower – or else messier. But, there’s something to be said for taking the extra effort. I appreciated the work of creating the picture even more. And I had a little more grace for when the color seeped out of the harsh black lines in the finished product. #coloringat41 Mary Everett Aycock
I thought this was so beautiful. There are so many people with, dare I say, colorful pasts. Most of the time, although it’s colorful, the coloring is definitely not kept in the lines. It’s often messy and doesn’t blend well at all. But just as Mary took the broken black crayon and created a masterpiece, God takes broken people and turns them into beautiful, blendable and usable people! Aka, God’s masterpieces! They may not be perfect, who is? Things may get out of the lines at times, but thankfully there’s plenty of God’s grace to cover our mess ups!
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10