Once there was a little girl who received a beautiful gift from her grandmother one Christmas morning. She woke up with anticipation to find under the tree a remarkable china doll. The doll had a china head and china torso and was dressed in an exquisite and elegant dress. The features of her face were truly realistic and her painted-on eyes were a deep and mesmerizing blue. The little girl, knowing this doll to be well made but very old asked her grandmother where it came from. She replied, “That doll was mine when I was a little girl just like you. I played with her every day and now I’m giving her to you.”
The little girl was overjoyed with her new gift and named her new doll Abby. She took her everywhere she went and treated her as if she were a real baby, taking care of her every need. But on one fateful day while out riding her bike with Abby, the little girl fell hard to the ground spilling her doll out its basket. The doll hit with a shattering sound and the little girl screamed in despair at the sight of her precious china doll broken into pieces.
Her father spent hours meticulously repairing the broken doll with glue. After he was finished, he proudly presented Abby back to his daughter and although her little china face was a spider web of cracks joined together once again, the little girl loved her just the same. What was broken was now beautiful and the little girl was delighted to have her Abby restored. She continued to take her doll everywhere she went and promised herself that if one day she had a daughter she would pass along to her the doll that she had always loved.
(This fictional story was created to mirror the great love that God has for his children. He watches as our sin crushes us into tiny pieces. He suffers to see that which he loves fall into brokenness. But he is our creator and brokenness can be made beautiful again. Through the sacrifice of his son Jesus on the cross, we can be remade if we will only trust in him. When, through obedience, we give our lives to Christ, he promises to take up residence within us as the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, Ezekiel 36:27). He fixes us and our heart from the inside. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 14:16). As the psalmist David cried out, so do I. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).