"Oh, okay what did you order?" I asked because I'm a curious sort.
"Broken watches" she answered, with a smile lighting up her face.
When the package arrived she ripped into it like a kid on Christmas morning.
"Aren't they beautiful?" she asked me while showing off her prize.
I looked into the box but all I saw were old broken pocket watches.
She was clearly seeing something that I wasn't.
Over the next few days I heard music blasting from our office/creative space and the sounds of hammering. Finally she called me into the office to look at what she had made.
She had taken old, broken and dirty pocket watches and had made beautiful pieces of custom jewelry. She had created wearable art.
She had scrubbed years of rust and dirt off of the metal cogs and balances and had repurposed them into something beautiful.
She had seen art inside of the broken and transformed the useless into something different, something new.
But something amazing happens...He sees beauty in the broken. He looks past all of the dirt and rust and decay and sees art. He sees the art inside of us that we cannot see anymore.
So He redeems us, repurposes us. He makes us into something new, something different. He repurposes us.
A wise man once told me that it is important to be broken before God, but there is a word for something that stays broken: useless.
Let God see the art inside of you. Things will change, not look like they did before, but that's okay. The watches no longer tell time, that has passed. Now they are something so new and so beautiful.
And so as you and I are repurposed, made new, I say to you: See the beauty in the broken. See the art down deep inside of another's soul. See with the hyperopic eyes of Heaven. The world is full of beauty and beautiful people that can't see the art in themselves. Help them to see it, as God sees it in you.
By the way, if you want you to own any of these one of a kind pieces, then check out my wife's shop. I might be biased, but I think she's amazing.