Beauty from Brokenness
My curiosity was getting the better of me. The meal for this gathering was ending and while we waited for the entertainment to begin, I looked to the almost empty stage. There was a microphone and a well-used cardboard box filled with violins? Yes; not in cushioned cases to protect the valuable instruments. It looked like they had been haphazardly tossed in the box.
My focus turned to the energetic young man walking toward the box. He held a violin in his hand and began to play lively music with it. His music expressed his obvious talent and love for the piece being played. The fast notes were an extension of his energy and joy. After much applause, he introduced himself. Kyle has created beautiful music in many different venues around the world, even having the opportunity to play on a violin worth millions of dollars. We were getting to experience a master violinist create beautiful music!
And then he turned to the box. While at a music store one day, he noticed a box of violins like the one before us. He asked about them. Turns out that after some rough handling and occasional mishaps by beginning students, it was deemed that the cost of repair was more than the violin was worth. These were considered worthless, beyond repair, and ready to be thrown away.
Kyle asked if he could have them. Yes, but why? He wasn’t sure. He just wanted to have them. As he began to examine them individually, he found ways to still bring music from them. One had no strings, and a piece of wood inside now rattled around uselessly. Kyle held it up for us to see, and then held it with both hands around the middle and began to tap out a beat as he sang a song. The rattle was incorporated into the music, and we heard a different kind of beautiful music. Not worse, not better, but different and beautiful in its own way.
The master violinist knew the weaknesses and brokenness of each individual violin. By bringing together their brokenness with his masterful understanding of music, he turned what was considered broken into something that was beautiful and whole in a completely new way.
Is that not what our heavenly Father God does with us, when we allow Him full access to our life?
I continue to marvel at what I saw and heard that afternoon, how such beautiful music came from instruments so broken. It reminds me of a song I heard years ago:
Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But He made something beautiful of my life.
As we are daily confronted with the brokenness of this world, I am even more grateful for the wholeness of my Abba, the LORD God, that He is and that He works in us, His children. Jesus opened His ministry by proclaiming that He came to heal the brokenhearted and to set the captives free (Luke 4:18-19)
May we come to Him daily, ready for our Master to make something beautiful of our life.
How about you...do you only see the brokenness, or do you look at life through God’s perspective and see what He is making beautiful in you and others?