Imperfect, Incomplete, and Remarkable

  January may not be prime time for digging in the mine (think: cold weather, dry hard clay, cracked fingers), but it is a time that I get to focus on building up my inventory, especially of the pieces that are more time consuming… earrings.

January may not be prime time for digging in the mine (think: cold weather, dry hard clay, cracked fingers), but it is a time that I get to focus on building up my inventory, especially of the pieces that are more time consuming… earrings.

Most people assume, when first looking over my earrings, that I must only find big pieces and then break them up to have stones small enough and light enough to work with. And they are almost right, but it wasn’t me who broke them up into pieces. Those small stones come from footpaths that people have created through the mines over the years. Those are stones that by most everyone else's standards are worthless because they’ve been trampled on and crushed; they’re not only imperfect, but they’re incomplete. It’s for this very reason that the Quartz earrings are my favorite. There is such a rich analogy to be drawn from them in our own lives.

How many of you feel like you’ve been crushed by life or trampled underfoot? How many of you have believed the lies that you’re not worth anything because you’re incomplete, damaged goods, or imperfect? Well I have news for you, sister. We are ALL imperfect. Romans 3:23-24 encourages my heart so much because it says:

“We have ALL sinned and fallen short of the the glory of God, and ALL are justified freely by His grace and through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

You could say that I have justified the value of those broken Quartz pieces by pulling them out, cleaning them up, and turning them into something of worth. And if you can say that about a pair of earrings, then I implore you to start believing in the free justification, the free grace, and the free redemption that is available to you through accepting Jesus into your heart.

Stacy MacDonald2 Comments