There is a lot to be learned through the average things we see every day. For instance, when taking a stroll on the beach you see all sorts of seashells, some are common, some are extraordinary, but others are broken. The broken ones have probably been rolling around in the sea for a long time, crashing against rocks and the reefs, and have been pummeled in the surf over and over again. By the time it lands on the beach, it's been through the ringer! As an avid shell seeker, I only choose the perfect and unusual shells, however, I have a friend who chooses the broken ones and neatly fits them together to create beautiful topiaries. When I look at the church, I see broken seashells coming together to make a masterpiece, beautifully perfect in every way. We are by no means perfect within ourselves, but crowned with Jesus and covered by Him, we are the picture of perfection. Only through Jesus can our brokenness be seen as beautiful.
to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3