Putting refurbished praise to rest, I shovel through the negative emotions, deceptive devices of the enemy, laziness, and distractions and excavate authentic praise. God desires to flow through each of us. He instructed that we are as carboniferous limestones, in that we have permeability. In a spiritual sense, God sees us porous, readily available for Him to permeate through. He is shaping and forming our spiritual selves in the shallow but exceedingly deep waters of our lives.The Author of the Universe desires to flow freely through His people. Researching geology, I was intrigued with the uses and composition of these stones. Interestingly, limestones are comprised of dead aquatic life particles, namely the shells of tiny ocean dwellers.  God already knows that our beings are teeming with dead weight; however, He has various uses for us. These amazing stones are compressed, scorched, produced, and grounded for a myriad of purposes.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

Often we feel that the dead parts of our lives disqualify us for God’s work, whereas if one yields to God he takes the deceased aspects of us, the parts of our lives that appear lifeless and unusable, and produces fruit. I would never have imagined that God could get the glory out of my blunders and brokenness. How can God use the remains of what once was life to draw others to Him? Just as the carboniferous stones are crushed to make cement, and produced for uses such as paper filler, often grounded for rooftops, as we lie before God bursting with brokenness He breaks us even further to get the glory. Exemplary is someone whose past is unfavorable, euphemistically, this person may have church hurt, scars from relationships, and rubbishes of bitterness, yet God in His might uses that person to draw others to Him. Our fragments are beautiful! The started yet unfinished ventures, the business that never took off, the manuscript that is simultaneously antiquated and premature can be repurposed and reshaped to evangelize the hurting.

Geology is not my expertise; however, I have a Doctorate in Pain, which throbs from my broken pieces. The bits of our lives may not make sense; however, they work together for our good. How does someone with a bandaged spiritual resume, due to the fragmentation of their commitment, move forward in the Lord? Simply by coming to Jesus with all of our imperfect attempts at life and a willingness to submit and learn from Him transforms abstract piecework into productive artwork. Boast in your brokenness, rejoice in the confusion that is your past, do not try to put the pieces together and then come to Jesus’ feet, rather come in fragments so that He can gently reconstruct and make you whole. In Jesus name, we are useful, porous carboniferous stones.

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

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