Deep inside each person is a heart and spirit in a kaleidoscope of color and textures. We resemble a stained glass window. Rent by cracks and fissures each one is unique and different. One thing remains the same, that each crack, when traced back to its’ source, has at its’ root fear.
These deep fears all come from somewhere when we believed a lie. Something the evil one told us about ourselves that was not true. But we did not understand. We thought that we discovered the awful truth about ourselves. Whether in our childhood, youth or from some oft’ repeated mistake, we gave credit to the lie that we were not enough. We opined ourselves losers, or failures, unloved or unwanted. Somewhere deep inside we believed the lie that we were not enough.
Adam and Eve believed the lie. They thought they were not enough without the fruit of the tree, the forbidden tree’s fruit. And ever since each one of us has repeated the same mistake. Each of us has at one time or another believed the same lie. It is a thing that was never really true in the first place.
For, as Adam and Eve were loved by God, so are we. We are his own creation and beloved children through Jesus Christ. No matter what the fear was that originally caused the crack, Christ is the solder that holds it all together. And we see only cracks, where from a distance it looks like stained glass. We look like a master craftsman has created our spirits. Indeed, we are all bits of cracked glass pieced together by God’s love. Each of us is held together by Christ’s sacrifice, by our redemption. And we are whole because He was wounded.
Each stripe of the whip bore away some of our reproach with Him. As the lashes tore at Jesus’ back, the lines of His raw, bleeding flesh became the lines of lead holding us together. Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.