The Broken World

The ball I found

I found the world broken. It lay along the edge of the road. The broken world was a foam rubber ball made to look like the world. I picked up the sad looking sphere and held it in my hand, turning it over, surveying the damage.

The small globe had seen much play and some evil abuse. Apocalyptic events had gouged out parts of the oceans, some islands, and a good chunk of several continents.

It was either discarded or lost by the child or children who had played with it. I decided to keep it, a symbol of the larger world it represented.

Like the microscopic organisms that likely inhabited the surface of the small broken world I held in my hand, the real world also has creatures, human beings, inhabiting its surface, microscopic in size and unseen when viewed from anywhere beyond our envelope of atmosphere.

We human beings experience the brokenness of this world beyond the fracturing earth’s crust creating earthquakes and tsunamis, wild weather resulting in droughts, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, and microscopic bacteria and viruses causing sickness and death. The brokenness also exists between us and the God who made this world and us, between each of us, and within each of us.

The good news is that our broken world is not lost nor has it been discarded. God could have considered our world a lost cause, but He didn’t. He could have discarded the world as we know it, but He didn’t.

Those of us who call ourselves Christians believe God did something absolutely astonishing. We believe God came to our broken world as one of us, became broken Himself on a cross, broken unto death, for us. He didn’t stay broken, however, but became alive again, good as new. He did this so we wouldn’t have to be broken in a relationship with Him, could have healing in broken human relationships, and inner healing from what’s tearing us apart inside.

I’m keeping the broken world of a ball. The good news is that it still can be played with as a ball, as broken as it is. This, to me, is like the larger world it represents. My world, your world, our world, is broken, no doubt about it. The good news is that God can and does work with it all and some day will make all things new again!

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:5

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