The Mosaic Cross

img_8025The Mosaic Cross

Each cross is a unique creation.  There are many kinds of dishes used in the making of a mosaic cross, some plain and inexpensive while others are very fancy and valuable.

The first step is to break the dishes.  They are placed into a large container and smashed.  The pieces are then carefully sorted.   Just the right ones have to be found to fit on the corners, the edges, and certain ones for the center.  Some of the pieces end up being discarded while others are chiseled and grinded  in order to make them fit into the right places.  Each piece spends a lot of time in the designer’s hands during this process.

Many of us go through life hanging onto these things that we think will bring us happiness.  For some, our dreams are still for the future, ‘If only I had a bigger house, a different job, a better spouse…’

Some are still looking back at the past, “If only that hadn’t happened,” or, “If only this did happen…,” “Life was so much better when…”

We miss the blessings of the present because of our expectations of how life should go, what life should be.  No one plans a life changing accident, a child with a disability, infidelity, cancer, teen pregnancy.  From the time we are small children, we plan picket fences and prolific jobs.   We plan good health, happiness and compliant children.

Once everything is in place on the cross, the grout is spread over it entirely and the pattern is completely covered.  When the grout is set, the cross is rinsed and wiped with a damp sponge, the grout scrubbed away.  This is done several times until the pieces shine.  Finally, a small pick is used to go around every piece, the extra grout removed and each one becomes exposed.

Jeremiah 29:11-14, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and NOT harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.”

When we experience heartache, we often become angry with God, our dreams smashed and broken.  But what we don’t realize at that moment is that God wants to give us the very desires of our heart.  Most of the time, our desires must be conformed to his.

The full beauty of a mosaic cross is not seen until it comes to completion.  It is a process which takes much time and great amounts of patience.  It is all of the pieces, the simple, the complex, being placed together that make the cross exquisite.

The cross, in and of itself is representative of God’s desire, that we would come to know and understand to what extent he has gone to show his love for us.   Once laid upon the cross, the pieces of our lives become a beautiful reflection of that incredible love.

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  1. A true message of hope. God is always there giving you support in all that happens; even if the world tries to take it away, He will always be there.

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