“The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.” Isaiah 58:11-12 (NLT)
Jason chased Jenny from the bedroom to the living room, through the kitchen and back out again. Because it was too cold to go out, they had been cooped up inside for a long time so Mom had been pretty lenient with their “indoor exercise.” On the last trip through the kitchen, Jason had noticed Mom’s favorite coffee mug, the one with the cracked handle that she refused to throw away, was sitting on the edge of the table. “I better be careful.” He thought. Just then Jenny came hurdling into the room and gave Jason a gentle nudge from behind.
Things seemed to happen in slow motion. It seemed like it took forever to happen…. but it did. Jason knocked into the table and Mom’s favorite mug went crashing to the floor. He heard it hit the floor and closed his eyes. Maybe if he didn’t open them, it wouldn’t be broken.
But it was. The crack in the handle had been just enough to break it off. Jason watched as the cup rolled under the table, minus the handle that now lay next to his feet. Jenny retrieved the cup from under the table and Jason picked up the now separated handle.
“Oh no!” Jenny cried. “This is Mom’s favorite mug. She’s going to be pretty mad!”
“Maybe we can fix it,” Jason said. “Maybe she won’t notice. It was already cracked so it will still look the same. I know where we can get some glue.”
Jason hurried to his bedroom, searching through his desk drawer for the glue stick he used for school projects. “This should work,” he thought.
For the next half hour, Jenny and Jason worked to secure the handle back on the mug. They took turns applying the glue and holding the handle on to keep it in place. They counted to 10, then to 50, then to 200. But every time they let go of the handle, it fell off again.
Just then Mom came into the kitchen. She asked what happened and Jason and Jenny told her how the mug had fallen and about their attempts to fix it. To their surprise, Mom wasn’t mad. Instead, she went to the junk drawer in the kitchen and pulled out the Super Glue. She carefully applied it to the mug and the handle. Within minutes, the mug was fixed.
“How did you do that?” Jason asked his mom. “We couldn’t get it fixed.
Mom answered, “You just have to have the right kind of glue. And look, the mug is even stronger than it was before.” Mom poured herself some coffee and sipped from the mug.
“It’s like our family,” Mom continued. “There was a crack in our family that weakened it. Then something happened and it fell apart. But you guys and I prayed for Daddy and trusted in the Lord to heal our family. We used the right kind of glue. And Jesus came in to pick up the pieces and put them back together. Now, even though you know the crack was there, our family is stronger than before. We know what to do now so that crack doesn’t get broken anymore. Have faith in God’s promises, pray continually, and trust Him.”
Mom reached out to hug Jason and Jenny and whispered in their ears, “But no more running in the house, OK?”
“’The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” Haggai 2:9
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