Broken Roads and Broken Treasures

“We are not beggars on the one hand or spiritual customers on the other; we are God’s children, and we just stay before Him with our broken treasures or our pain and watch Him mend or heal in such a way that we understand Him better. ”  –  Oswald Chambers on prayer

We just stay before Him with our broken treasures or our pain and watch Him mend or heal in such a way that we understand Him better.

That’s the part that resonated with me this morning as I read this short devotional on prayer. As many of you know treasure is my One Word for 2017.  So, of course, anytime I read, see or hear it mentioned this year, the eyes and ears of my heart “prick” up.  I’ve read, seen, and heard it many times too. And, each time, if I’m willing to pause long enough to let the words seep in, I usually discover lessons and treasures waiting to be found.

Pressing pause now…

What are broken treasures?  When I think about broken treasures I think about broken offerings, broken concepts, broken perceptions, broken lives, broken hopes, broken dreams, broken expectations that Jesus invites us to humbly bring to Him.

We come…not knowing all the answers and not even close to understanding all the reasons… but we come...that’s the key.

Sometimes we come with confidence and a faith that’s solid and firm. And then other times, we come on weak knees with mustard seeds so small that you wonder how can you work with this, Lord?

And then He shows us…again.

It’s not the size of our offerings but the greatness of Him doing the redeeming work.  “All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Him.”  (Colossians 2:3)

The next thing that came to mind when I thought about broken treasures was the verse in 2 Corinthians 4:7

“Now we have this treasure in clay jars so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.”

I think it’s interesting to compare our broken treasures with this treasure in clay jars.  We have the power of Jesus Christ living, moving and making his home inside our fragile and broken bodies, bodies that get beaten down, deteriorate and fall apart. Our weakened and limited-in-power and strength exteriors become the perfect showcase for God’s glory. And if we have hearts ready to receive, we can recognize His power and His majesty shining through.  We realize that the beauty and hope breaking through the darkness is not of ourselves but solely because of a power greater than ourselves that is constantly working in us and through us…wooing us to Himself.

He takes our surrendered and broken treasures and introduces us to the Perfect Treasure, one that never fades, a living hope walking this broken and beautiful road with us.

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable,uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.  You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials  so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Pet 1:3-9

 

“We just stay before Him with our broken treasures or our pain and watch Him mend or heal in such a way that we understand Him better.”

I’ve probably shared this song a half dozen times on my blog. I’m sharing it again. 🙂  It comes to mind whenever I think of broken roads and beautiful destinations.

“And on the road to beautiful
My seasons always change
But my life is spent on loving You
To know You in Your power and pain”

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