By JOHN CARTER
One of the first nursery rhymes I learned as a child was:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Ever since, I’ve been attempting to repair broken things – toys, motors, books, furniture, and even people – including myself. The sign over my garage workshop aptly reads, “Restorations.”
If you’ve ever tried to restore an old house, fix a child’s broken toy, or repair the damage after a storm, you know that restoration is much more difficult than “starting from scratch” or maintaining something that’s in good working order. It’s often made more tedious because the damaged parts must be carefully removed before repairs can begin.
Toys, cars, furniture and glass are the least of things that can be shattered. The loss of a loved one can break our hearts. Our personal lives, our relationships, our marriages, our families, our health, our work, our finances and even our faith can fall apart. When that happens, our lives are never quite the same again.
Sometimes the brokenness is the result of our stubbornness, stupidity or carelessness. But at other times, it’s no fault of our own – an accident, a natural occurrence or someone else’s irresponsibility. Although it’s important to understand why, allocating blame doesn’t undo the tragedy. Eventually, whatever the cause, we all face the task of picking up the pieces and putting our shattered lives back together again. It’s the hardest work we ever have to do.
But when that time comes, we can count on the help of the One who created us and loves us with an everlasting mercy. From the time He clothed the fallen couple in the garden until now, our God has been about the restoration and redemption of our broken world.