Shattered

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28
 
 
There is a story about a professor who arrived at his 5-year-old son’s class on the last day of school before Christmas to attend a school program. When his son saw him, the little boy grabbed the ceramic gift he had made for his father and ran towards his dad.
 
As he ran, he tripped and out of his hands flew the ceramic gift made of plaster, decorated with paint, and hardened in a kiln. The object wasn’t particularly ornate. It was hard to tell what it really was, but that wasn’t the point. It was something the little boy made from his heart for his dad.  
 
And as the gift went airborne, it was as if time stood still as everyone watched with great horror as the ceramic gift landed on the floor in the classroom and shattered into pieces. It got so quiet in the classroom you could literally hear a mouse running on the floor. There was perfect silence as everyone involved considered the magnitude of the loss for the 5-year-old boy.
 
Maybe you can relate. Maybe for you it was not a classroom craft project, but instead it was a dream. Perhaps not just a dream, but one you actually turned into reality. You were building something big, whether it was your own company, your own brand, a team, a big idea; it could be anything. And just when you thought you had it all figured out, it shattered.
 
Something happened that you never saw coming. Maybe you lost money, or a big deal fell through. Someone quit on you or wasn’t there when you needed them to be. Whatever it is, you had big plans and out of nowhere, the plans shattered. If you can relate, then God needs you to hear this: this is NOT the end for you. He is not finished with you, and your impact is not over.  
 
God is still going to do something in and through you. It might not be exactly as you had envisioned it, but maybe it is something better. Romans 8:28 tells us “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” May we choose to believe that truth today and every day from here on out.
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