“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”—Romans 8:28
Recently I did an experiment with Ellie. We took all her broken crayons and we melted them down until they took on a new shape. We then let the crayon wax cool and harden. The experiment was a process. It took time, work and patience. However, it was worth it! Through this experiment I was reminded of the work God wants to do in the hearts of all His broken people. This is a project that needs parent supervision since a hot oven is needed.
First. we started by peeling away the part of the crayon that was no longer useful. This part was hard for me. Ellie’s fingers are tiny. It took everything in me to let her do this part herself. I wanted to jump in and help the entire time.
Preheat the oven to 250 F.
Next, we organized the crayons into a mini cupcake pan. We had fun mixing the colors. However, you can also sort the colors.
We placed the broken crayons in the oven to melt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until wax is melted. Ellie had fun watching through the oven door.
After melting we waited as the crayons cooled and hardened into the shape of a circle.
Last, we tested out our new crayon. Be sure that the crayons are cool before allowing your child to touch them. I let the crayons sit for an hour before we tested them. Some parents and teachers have let the crayons sit over night.
Ellie really had fun with this experiment. Waiting for the new crayons to cool was the most difficult for her. However, I like that it was a good opportunity to strengthen her patience.
Can we all just have a come to Jesus moment real quick? This experiment is about more than broken crayons. It’s about broken people. We are all broken in some way. Jesus wants to pick us up in our brokenness, tare off all the unnecessary mess, melt us down in the fire, pull us out of our darkness so we can do amazing things for Him. God is not surprised by our brokenness. God love us so much that He wants to bring us out of our brokenness. Did you know that the Bible is filled with men and women who did some pretty messed up things? Yet GOD still did great things in and through each of them. Check it out…
Broken Men and Women of the Bible used by God:
Noah was a drunk and God used Him to build the ark. He used him even though He knew he would mess us after the flood and get drunk. Jesus still chose to use Noah because He knew that even in all of Noah’s brokenness that he would answer the call to build the ark. He did! We are here because Jesus chose to use Noah.
David was a murderer and adulterer but God still crowned Him King because He chose to forgive David and bring a blessing through him.
Peter denied Christ three times yet still Jesus used Him. After denying Jesus three times, Peter went on to be filled with the holy Spirit, perform miracles and confidently preach in public. Many people came to know of the love of Jesus because Jesus chose to use a man who once denied Him.
Martha worried about everything. God used her to be a servant to Jesus and His Disciples. She served them so they could spend their time in Prayer and sharing the word.
Rehab was a prostitute who was used by God to hide the men from being punished by order of the King of Jericho.
Moses killed an Egyptian and buried him in the sand. Then He ran. However, God still chose to use him to lead 2 million Israelites out of Egypt.
What is your story? What keeps you believing that God cannot use you? God wants to use you even in all your brokenness. God will never throw you out like a broken crayon. He wants to tare off all the junk, melt you down in the fire, mold you for His purpose and send you out to do big things for Him. Regardless of the level of your brokenness- God can and wants to use you. The question stands, will you allow God to create something new in you?
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17