Several months ago, I dropped my brand-new iPhone 6 and shattered it. It was exactly one month old. I was angry with myself and kept asking how I could ever let something so valuable become so torn in one seemingly careless moment.
I came home from school nervous about my parents’ reaction, knowing they would be frustrated and disappointed. They were, but not too bad. I was comforted by my mom’s words: “It’s life.”
The three-year-old that my mom babysits was at our house when I got home, and I knew it would not take long before she would routinely ask in her guileless tone, “Can I have your phone?” When she did, I hesitantly pulled it out and awaited her astonished and dramatic response when she saw the cracks. Something so ugly must seem so awful in the eyes of toddler.
Instead, she asked simply: “Does it still work?” Before I could answer her, her little finger reached for the “home” button. As the splintered screen lit up, her eyes danced before me as she squealed “Oh!”
This relieved and surprised me so much. Maybe because somehow, that little girl did something different from everyone else who took a look at my broken phone that day. The cracks on the screen didn’t even faze her. She only cared about the true purpose of the phone: its power on the inside. I think God does, too.
I love the song “Brokenness Aside” by All Sons and Daughters. It proclaims:
I am a sinner
If it’s not one thing it’s another
Caught up in words, tangled in lies
But you are a Savior
And you take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful
When we make mistakes, it seems like they ruin us. I don’t know about you, but I get so upset when I realize that I’ve taken my goodness and warped it, much how I felt when I dropped that phone. We even judge others sometimes by the sin we see on the outside and the brokenness that is evident in their lives. But God doesn’t!
We know that if we repent and confess that we are messed-up people, God says, “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). The Bible also says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
I think when we confess our sins to God, he thinks a lot like my three-year-old friend did that day. Yes, he is disappointed in us and sad that we gave into our temptations, but he has so much grace to give. We get so caught up in how ugly our lives get, but I think God says, “Does it still work?” And the answer is yes; God created us for a specific purpose, and he is going to use us to work for His kingdom no matter what we have done.
I took my cracked phone to the store and got a new screen. It looks as good as new. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus does that, too?! Wouldn’t it have been dumb if I just spent a year staring at my hideous broken phone and thinking back to the moment I dropped it? So let’s stop dwelling on the mistakes we have made, and instead, bring them to Christ. He is the only one who can take our brokenness and make it beautiful.