As I was praying this morning for myself, my family and my country, God brought an image to mind. It was me in broken pieces and he was putting me back together in a mosaic form. The grout that would hold me together would be his own spirit living within me. I’m a broken individual but I am made whole through Christ. He doesn’t do away with me and discard me because I am broken. No, he takes those broken pieces and he forms a new creation held together by Him. And the grout, which is his spirit, shines through and around the broken pieces as a testimony of what was and now is.
But as I began painting this image and applying flesh color to each mosaic tile my color varied in saturation. Some tiles were very dark and others very light. Then the Lord revealed to me this is a picture of my people. Each tile represents individuals of various size and color and they are all untied by one spirit and that is the Holy Spirit. Each tile has its place and together they make a new creation a beautiful creation that is the bride of Christ. And just as the body is not complete and all pieces apart, God is not done brining others to him through salvation.
Where we have so much division in a world with the color of our skin the lord looks at us as pieces to a beautiful whole. Each individual an original piece, a masterpiece within itself, but intended to be apart of an even greater masterpiece held together by Him and his spirit shining through.
“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:16-19