This morning the strangest thing happened. Ever heard the catch phrase clean-in-two? I can hear my grandparents saying it now. “That huge branch fell off the tree during the storm and broke clean-in-two.” Or, “He cut that watermelon clean-in-two.”
And to my recollection (another phrase that reminds me of my grandparents) I’ve never written or typed the words clean-in-two in a sentence before today.
In fact, as I began writing out this post, I was unsure of which word to use to get my meaning across. “Should it be…
- broken clean in, too (meaning something broken clean in, also),
- broken clean into (meaning something broke into something else), or…
- broken clean-in-two (meaning something once whole broke into two separate pieces)?”
Once I decided “in-two” was correct (and if it’s not, well, can we just go on)…
So, what is this strange thing that happened?
If the photo is any help, you probably figured it out. This morning, while scrambling an egg, I put some pre-cooked bacon on a plate in the microwave (yea, I use pre-cooked – judge if you must).
I heard a pop from the microwave and thought it was the bacon, though it did seem unusually loud. While finishing the egg, I reached to open the microwave so that darn buzzing sound would stop. A quick look revealed the plate the bacon was on had, yes, broken clean-in-two.
And that dish is microwave safe – or it said it was. Don’t think I didn’t turn it over and check as soon as it was cool enough to handle.Often, the making is in the #breaking Click To Tweet
Have you been broken clean-in-two?
And to make sure I get the right meaning across, it’s not…
- “The thief has broken clean in, too, just like he did over at the neighbor’s?” or…
- “That piece of glass has broken clean into my foot.” Ouch.
Friend, here is the intended meaning…
- “That guy broke my heart clean-in-two.”
- “I now realize my bad decision broke the heart of [my family, my friend, or my God] clean-in-two.”
Or…and this one is often the most difficult…
“I feel like God has allowed ME to be broken clean-in-two.”
“God, I don’t know if I can take anymore. Why would You allow these things to come into my life? Are my prayers falling on deaf ears? Do You hear me? Do You care about what I’m going through? Do You even remember my name?”
#1 – Let me assure you He knows you, and He hears you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139.13
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5.14
#2 – Be assured He cares and He will provide a way.
No temptation* [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation* unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted* beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation* He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome…with joy]. 1 Corinthians 10.13
*In the Greek: trial, testing or tested
#3 – Often, the making is in the breaking.
We don’t want to accept this, but God will sometimes allow difficulty into our lives to teach us. He may even allow us to be broken clean-in-two. It is a part of the journey – not the part we want to go through, but the part that may allow Him to get us to where we’re going.He is the great Fixer of all things #broken clean-in-two Click To Tweet
In our world and culture, this doesn’t make sense. We’ve been raised on comfort, freedom and personal satisfaction. We’ve been taught to expect it, and even encouraged to go out and make our life into what we want – the life we deserve.
Are you willing to be broken clean-in-two? Can you trust Him to provide a way? If we are serious about living our lives to His glory, we must be willing to break. That very well means something different for you than it does for me.
Whatever you are going through, remember being broken clean-in-two does not mean you are finished. It means there is something in you God sees worth refining.
That plate I used to cook the bacon – it’s done for. I suppose I could attempt to put it back together but it is simply not worth the effort. I could run to Target and replace it for a few dollars. But you, my friend, are irreplaceable in God’s eyes.