The Glue That Binds

Sometimes life just hurts.  People we love say things that can’t be taken back.  A friendship runs its course and must come to a painful end. Someone you care deeply about is suddenly forced to face a scary future and their mortality and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. A baby that you longed for so profoundly is taken from you before they were ever big enough to even hold for a moment. Sometimes life just hurts.

In those moments, life changes us.  We may feel like we are shattering into a million tiny pieces, but if we look deep enough and through eyes of faith, we see there is a glue there.  There is a glue that is preventing us from completely shattering.  There is a glue that is holding all the parts that matter together.  The parts that are shattering are real, and they hurt intensely.  They change us forever and they leave scars and marks and cracks.  But in the process, the fractures let a little bit more of the ugly seep out.  If we let God show us how to deal with it, it changes us for the good and we’re left with a little bit less of the ugly.  The ugly seeps out but the glue, the Almighty Glue, continues to hold us together.  He holds us together and then mends us back together into something even more beautiful and more pure than before. 

Ultimately, the breaking and gluing is for the best. If He allows something painful to happen, there is a greater purpose.  There is a greater maturing, a life that needs to be changed somewhere – be it our own or someone put in place to witness it, a greater promise, a greater yes.  The glue will hold us together, but we have to give Him all our broken pieces.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18