Monday, 30 January 2017

Broken But Restored By The Great Repairer

It was nice to be on vacation for the last 2 weeks, while Mysses Lafunky (I’m sure you’ve all noticed that she’s no longer a Myss) took charge and taught us valuable lessons on been a forgiver and a giver and also admonishing us to accept the invitation to God’s kingdom lest we be left behind. The thought of being left behind is the scariest thought that has ever come to my mind. Why? The book of Revelations paints a very dark picture of what the world will look like when rapture occurs. Alternatively, you can watch the movie: Left Behind. Oddly enough when I started typing this opening paragraph I thought I was going off course but in reality it actually ties in to what was laid into my heart a few weeks ago. How did I get this inspiration? I’m imagining you’re already curious. Well, it came from a broken piece of wrist-watch I’d worn for the better part of the last 6 months. Imagine wearing a watch that is not working and also has a cracked screen. Initially, it was laziness that stopped me from fixing it and eventually I got used to the watch as it was. Little did I know that the Holy Spirit would use it to send a word to the world. I should also mention that this will be the last article I would type on this laptop as the original owner will be collecting it a few hours after we publish this. So farewell to my trustworthy Dell (rugged yet smooth, old yet timeless, a great partner in all my travels) you’ll be missed. To the matter at hand then.

My Broken Wrist Watch

While thinking of the article, I asked myself how much the most expensive wrist-watch in the world would cost. Thanks to the great people at Forbes, I got an answer in the click of a google search icon. The most expensive watch in the world costs $3.98m. That’s a lot of money for a watch, yet someone out there paid for it. Just a little check I did, thanks again to the wonderful people at Forbes, and the most expensive watch in the world is more expensive that the most expensive car in the world. There must be something about wrist-watches.

Are you like a Broken Watch

Earlier, I talked about my broken wrist-watch and I’m sure there are a lot of us that can connect to this watch. We’ve all gone through situations in life that has definitely broken either our will or our spirit. It could be a heartbreak caused by the death of a loved one or a heartbreak caused by a text from a loved one saying goodbye or been dumped at the altar. It could be as a result of a job loss. I’ve heard stories of people that were broken as a result of sexual assault or having to abort an unwanted pregnancy for fear of society or parental rejection.
We’ve all gone through situations that left us broken and weak. I have been in so many of these situations and yet almost no one has ever known the pains I’ve felt. So many times, I’ve been broken and weak to the point that I could barely muster the will to pray. This is definitely not unique to only me, there are definitely a lot of us out there that have been in such situations.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Is. 41:10, NKJV).

When we are faced with such situations, God says fear not. He even went further to remind us that He is our God and He will help us. That is what David did when he got back home and found that his city had been attacked (1Sam. 30:6).



Are you like a Designer Watch

From a young age, I’d heard of great watch makers like Rolex and how Swiss watches were the best. There are so many great designer watches but only one model has the highest value. The Patek Phillipe 5004T sold for $3.98m at an auction in 2013. What makes this watch so unique? How does this relate to me as a human being?
Well, like these designer wrist-watches, we were all created uniquely by God and specially crafted by Him but as time passed, things happened that have either broken us or scarred us. The great news however is that just as these watches can be repaired by a watch repairer, we can be repaired by the master repairer. Who is this master repairer? Jesus Christ, the son of God. So when we are broken, what do we do? We go to the master repairer (Matt:11:28) and cast all our anxiety on him (1Pet. 5:7). Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
When we are in Christ, all the old things that broke us down and left us weak pass away. Behold we become new. Just as a hefty price was paid for the watch, so was a hefty price paid for our lives. John 3:16 spells out exactly what the price was that God paid for each and every one of us. A price so great that the great Apostle Paul in Romans 5:7-8 could not find an earthly comparison. However as Christians, there will always be trials and tribulations that will hit us. The charge therefore is:
  • To remember that God loved us so much that He sent His son to pay the ultimate price
  • Go back to Him in prayers.
  • Fear not and strengthen and encourage yourself in Him (1Sam. 30:6) and
  • Trust in Him to make you new and whole again.

Always remember, the best is yet to come and as God is in it, it’s not over. Listen and enjoy:

Sage


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