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Brokennes is More Beautiful
by Sara Marie Spaulding
01/19/13
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Brokenness is More Beautiful

Why would God create man and leave the opportunity open that he could fall and be in need of redemption if it would create more people who end up in hell? Besides, many of those people may not have had the opportunity to choose redemption because they did not hear the gospel.

This is a great mystery. But ponder this: brokenness and restoration is more beautiful than an unblemished journey. There is a quality versus quantity scenario at play here. The quality of redemption is greater than having more people in eternal bliss. God could have chosen that in Christ everyone would be redeemed even if they didn't know him but he wanted the choice of love, of a bride who wants him. Also, it must be worth sending to hell those who did not hear the gospel. He will make himself known to those who seek him. “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:19-20 ESV). If someone is seeking God he will reveal himself further to them through dreams, visions and/or people. There is a quality in the sacrifice of people bringing the good news to the lost that is greater than just making it crystal clear and known to all.

Restoration speaks of deeper joy than anything else on this earth. Consider the story of the lost sheep, lost coin and prodigal son in Luke chapter fifteen. I am convinced that God's heart is bent on the beauty of restoration. Why else would he have made angels and people with free wills? Why else would he have put that tree in the garden in the first place? When I see life this way God is no longer a disengaged heartless ruler who leaves us to our own devices, drowning in our broken world. He is the Restorer, the Redeemer, the Great Repairer of the Broken. He is not only this God in the great story of redemption from the enemy of death but also in each of our individual stories.

Enjoy the following poem about our Restoring God:

Restoration

Restoration
How can you be more
Beautiful
Than the
Unbroken
Unblemished
Beginning?

Restoration
You ring
Of something
Greater than
Never losing
You are
Graciousness

Grace
That reveals
The value
The worth
The heart-wrenching loss
Of the Beloved
That must be had back



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