Fifty years ago, my great aunt gave me a wedding shower gift of a cup and saucer that had belonged to her. She mailed it to my cousin who was hosting the bridal party. When my cousin got it, it was broken. Not wanting me to receive a broken gift, my cousin glued it back together. She did a good job. Although I can tell where the glue has mended the broken pieces, it is still beautiful.
We can learn several lessons from this cup.
First, the cup was broken. When the cup was mailed, it was perfect. As it traveled from California to Nebraska via the mail system, it cracked. It broke while being bounced from one location to another.
A similar thing can happen to us. God created us in His image. He is perfect. However, we are not perfect. While on life’s journey, we are bounced around and broken. Our brokenness includes our imperfections, wounds, mistakes, and shortcomings. But we must not be discouraged. Jesus says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
James 1:2-4 tells us, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
There is hope for us even though we may compare ourselves to a broken cup.
Secondly, the cup was repaired. My cousin repaired the cup before I received it. She glued it back together.
God is our glue! When we feel broken, the Lord is willing to heal us. Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Not only is the Lord close to us in our brokenness, He also offers healing. Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
In the New Testament, Jesus declares to be the healer of brokenness. While in the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah 61:1-2. Within the verse of Luke 4:18, Jesus declares, “The Spirit of the is Lord is upon Me,… He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.” Just as my cousin glued my cup back together, the Lord heals the brokenhearted through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Third, the cup still has the potential to leak. At first glance, my cup looks good. However, I do not drink coffee or tea from it because I am afraid that the weak spots may leak. The cup may crack more if hot liquid is poured into it.
Although the Lord is able to mend our weaknesses, we may not feel strong enough to never crack under pressure or stressful situations. We leak! We need to be refilled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus assures us in John 14:16 NASB, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.” The Holy Spirit will glue us back together and fill us with His presence. If we allow His presence to seep through our imperfections, He will repeatedly fill us. Acts 13:62 NASB says, “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
It has been 50 years since I received the gift of this cup and saucer. Currently, it is displayed in our china cabinet. As we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, this cup still has a message for me regarding our marriage. Like the cup and saucer, our marriage has encountered a few cracks over the years. However, God has always been faithful to mend the broken pieces. My great aunt sent me more than a gift. She sent me a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” As the third cord of our marriage, the Lord has allowed us to stick together as one.
I am reminded of the chorus of Fill My Cup, Lord by Richard Blanchard
Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up, Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting in my soul.
Bread of Heaven feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.