Recently, a young daughter broke her mom’s favorite mug. The little girl knew the mug was special to her mother for sentimental reasons. Anxious to remedy the problem, the daughter broke out the scotch tape and began painstakingly putting the broken pieces back together before her mom found out what had happened. When she was finished, the little girl went to her mom and told her about the accident.
“But,” she quickly added, “I fixed it for you!” With that, she handed her mother the taped-together mug with a hopeful look in her eyes. Her mom, though disappointed at the loss of her favorite mug, was touched by her daughter’s efforts, and thanked her for telling the truth and attempt at putting it back together. However, her daughter wasn’t finished.
“It’s good as new!”, the little girl insisted. “Go ahead, try it out!” After several attempts at dissuading what she knew would be a failed experiment, Mom finally gave in and went to the sink. Her daughter eagerly followed, climbed onto a kitchen stool, turned on the tap, and waited for her mom to fill the mug with water.
Just as Mom knew would happen, almost as quickly as the water was poured into the cup, it started to seep out from the cracks. The little girl’s face fell and she started to cry, dismayed that her attempt to fix the brokenness had failed. That’s when Mom reached out, lifted her chin, and motioned to her daughter to watch what she was about to do. Slowly, Mom moved the steadily-dripping mug over the houseplant that lived on their kitchen counter. As the water began to drip into the dirt, she told her daughter this important truth:
“When there are no cracks, it keeps whatever’s inside, inside. But sometimes, what’s inside needs to be let out so it can be shared.”
You’ve probably heard this famous phrase before: “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” But I want to challenge you to take that idea one step further. It’s true, cracks can let light in. But they can also let light out!
We’re standing at a crossroads in history. We’re not just cracked – we’re broken. Humanity is broken. Our nation is broken. We as individuals, equally convicted before the cross, are each broken without the redemptive power, grace, love, and mercy of Jesus Christ.
The good news for all of us is this: God is neither fazed nor surprised by broken things.
When we choose redemption, and all that comes with it – a pursuit of biblical justice, a love of biblical mercy, and a walk with God that models biblical humility, according to Micah 6:8 – the Lord is gracious and good in piecing us back together. The Author of salvation has declared that He will one day make all things new (Revelation 21:5). There will be no more brokenness. Hallelujah, what a day that will be! But in the meantime, may He leave a few cracks in our “façade”. Because we’re ambassadors of the Gospel message until the day that Christ – the Light of the world – returns. And those cracks are not only how the Light gets in to our lives. Those cracks are how the Light gets out. So let the Light shine!