"Life is Fragile, Handle with Care"
Updated: Apr 23
As a youngster, I enjoyed collecting and playing marbles. As you know and remember, there were all sizes and shapes of marbles. There was the bumble bee, cats’ eye and even one called an alley cat. But in my neighborhood, the most prized of all the marbles was the crystal. A clear glass marble that came in various shades of color. As a prized marble, I would often enhance its beauty by heating it in my mom's oven for a few minutes and then dropping it into cold water. The result, the crystal would develop internal fractures. These fractures in turn would refract the light and cause the marble to sparkle like a diamond, thereby enhancing its beauty. The only problem was that the internal fractures now weakened the integrity of the marble and sooner or later as you played with it, the marble would often shatter unexpectantly when it struck another marble..
Today, as never before, I find that people lives are like my fractured crystal, filled with many internal fractures and for many, just one blow away from shattering.
The fractures I often see in hidden in the lives of people are Immorality, Relativism, Divorce, Homosexuality, Pornography, Drug Addiction and Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Betrayal, Personal Failures, Financial Issues, Emotional Struggles, and etc., all of which are reminders to me that the fractures of life run deep in peoples lives and the stress they live under are great!
All of us at one time or the other have experienced the brokenness and stress of life. For it’s inevitable that brokenness will come to all of us, because we live in a broken and fallen world... (Rom 8:21: All of Creation Groans and suffers...awaiting it day of redemption.)
Now, let me ask you a very personal question… How do you respond to
those whose lives are broken and shattered around you?
Do you respond with sensitivity and understanding…? Or do you respond like the Pharisee in Luke 18:10 with criticism and condemnation and with words such as: “I thank God, that I am not as other men”
Let me remind you though, that time and again Jesus encountered men and women who lives were
twisted, mangled, broken and shattered by life and his response to them was not condemnation or criticism but Gentleness and Love, Forgiveness and Understanding.
You see, Jesus not come into the world to condemn people but that that people through him might be saved. (John 3:17) He came that we might (Have Life and have it Abundantly.) John 10:10. Jesus came not to Judge People lives but To Restore their Lives.
Listen to the portrait that Isaiah painted of the coming Messiah –
Isaiah 40:11, "He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms & carries
them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young."
In other words, what God is trying to say to us is… “Life is Fragile and easily Broken, and must be Handled with Care” and that is exactly how he treats us… with love and care. (Romans 5:8)
So the next time you run into someone who’s life been shattered by the harshness of life… why not offer to them the Gentleness of Understanding: a Listening Ear, a Pat on the Back, a Word of Encouragement, an Empathetic Smile, a Shoulder to Cry On, and a compassionate and sympathetic heart for their hurt?
Why not help them find their way their way back to a God whose has come to not only to
love us but to restore us back to wholeness and to Himself.
As Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 13:13 – And now abideth these three, Faith, Hope and Love…
but the Greatest of these is Love. And the world has seen no greater love than the love that
Jesus has for each of us...(John 3:16)
I invite you to watch my video devotion on this text. I conclude with an example of how WHBC ministered to a young couple, "Bill and Donna Smith" (not there real names of course)in their mid to late 20's who became part of our church, our hearts and lives, and whose love changed our lives.