Shatter Proof

Portraits with Ammar Saheli by Alex Lopez

I recall the day my cell phone leaped out of my hand and fell to the floor, face first. When it smashed into the limestone tile there was a distinctive smack and I knew instantly it was an unfavorable outcome. I picked up my phone and turned it over slowly, hoping for a miracle. As I looked — the face of the phone was thoroughly shattered. Part of it (well, all of it) was my fault because I elected to not by a protective case.

I eventually went back to the store to have it repaired, but after the salesmanship and hustle of AT&T, I walked away with a shiny new phone. This time I was concerned about the protective case, but the store clerk assured me that my new phone had a built-in protective shield. I could not see it, but I confusedly took him at his word. It was not long after I had the phone that it jumped out of my hand again. By this time I was a tad defeated and was going to simply live with a cracked phone. I dropped the new phone a couple of times and each crash to the ground resulted in another slight-shatter episode. Based upon my own cognitive dissonance it did not matter, existing with a damaged phone was going to be my new normal. I was going to make it through with a partially shattered smart phone. The man told me it was shatter proof, but I never believed him anyway.

One day while observing the cracks and shatter points on my phone, I saw that one portion of my phone screen really seemed loose. It appeared to be detaching itself from the phone base and fixtures. I thought, “Great, just what I need!” As I continued to examine the phone, I took a destructive risk and started lifting what I thought was the damaged screen to my basically new cell phone. However, as I lifted I soon noticed that what was partially cracked and shattered was actually a protective screen and the actual glass screen was unharmed, like-new, and without a scratch. It was then that I saw another example of how the salvific and redemptive power of God works in the life of the Christian.

Paul said in Ephesians 1:13-14, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Despite the suffered bumps and bruises on the exterior of my cell phone, it was actually sealed in such a way that the outside scars could not alter its internal workings or beauty. Sometimes we must look beneath our initial surface to find our ultimate perfection in God. Through the divine Spirit of God, not only are you fearfully and wonderfully made (Pslam 139:14), you are also spiritually shatter proof through your Holy Spirit sealing. Live and walk in a shatter proof life church.

You may have fallen to the floor, endured a few scratches and scars, and/or suffered through some deep pains, but under all of that and in the grip of Christ, you are sealed and your soul and redeemed essence is in perfect condition. In Christ you can be momentarily broken externally, but in your ultimate interior and destiny, you are Shatter Proof because of Him. If you have been washed by His blood and impregnated with His Sprit — Remember, you are the clay In The Potter’s Hands and God has paved a way to save you today!

A. Saheli

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Posted on September 5, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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