The wound is the place where the Light enters you. –Rumi
I came upon the Rumi quote as I was stumbling here and there on (where else) the internet this morning. It reminded me of a devotional I saved from a book of devotionals by Joni Erickson Tada. She talked about the light of Christ falling on the broken pieces, the shattered pieces of our lives....and how God can turn the shattered ruins into a kaleidoscope through which his light can shine. I think it is majorly cool when two people as different as can be....from different eras and cultures and belief systems convey the same deep truth. Joni said it this way.....
Shattered glass is full of a thousand different angles, each one picking up a ray of light and shooting it off in a thousand different directions. That doesn’t happen with plain glass, such as a jar. The glass must be broken into many pieces. What’s true of shattered glass is true of a broken life. Shattered dreams. A heart full of fissures. Hopes that are splintered. A life in pieces that appears to be ruined. But given time and prayer, such a person’s life can shine more brightly than if the brokenness had never happened. When the light of the Lord Jesus falls upon a shattered life, that believer’s hopes can be brightened.
Your life may be shattered by sorrow, pain, or sin, but God has in mind a kaleidoscope through which His light can shine more brilliantly.
With a closed mind and heart, the light cannot enter.
-Shelby Taylor Weaver