A couple of evenings ago, I went to the kitchen to fix myself a drink. I reached for my trusty, old coffee mug and noticed something odd about it … the handle had fallen off! I couldn’t help but notice the powerful message that was right there in my hands. I couldn’t resist taking a shot of it. As I’ve often remarked, God is a great communicator and sure has a wonderful sense of humour. If our spirits would be open to hear His voice, He desires to speak to us through symbols and pictures.
Through this beautiful object lesson, I was reminded (yet again) that God is in control regardless the brokenness, the pain, and the seeming hopelessness we may experience in life. No matter what we go through, God is in control. We may not fully understand the reasons and it’s ok to question. But in the end, it’s not in circumstances or feelings that we put our trust, but in God and His unchanging Word. We must stand resolved and convicted that nothing escapes our God and nothing surprises Him. His allowing of a certain challenging (even devastating) situation does not mean He is no longer there, or that He no longer cares. The handle of my mug may be broken, but it does not mean that it cannot be filled anymore. Remember, our brokenness is no indication of our capacity to receive! Because Jesus came that I might have life to its fullest (John 10:10b), my cup can and will still run over (Psalm 23:5)!
May this little message encourage you … whoever you are, whatever you are going through, however you are feeling at the moment.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labour of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls — Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:17-19