I actually felt sad when I saw these discounted nuts on the shelves of my local store!
Holland and Barrett may devalue their broken nuts but the truth is those bashed almonds and cashews make just a rich a butter as their ‘seemingly perfect’ counterparts and I buy them in a heartbeat, knowing just that! Those nuts make an amazing cake, mouth melting nutty nuggets and as they’re already broken that’s half the job done. Result!
I think we can all identify with those nuts! We’ve all experienced being discounted. People in our lives thoughtlessly throw us to the side when we are what they deem to be ‘less than perfect’.
Not the ideal size or shape? Below ‘average’ intellectual ability? Not suited to the job?
Whose standards do we measure ourselves against anyway? Holland and Barretts? Or maybe Willy Wonka’s?! If we aren’t a good nut in the eyes of the discerning squirrels then we must be bad. And therefore discarded.
Discounted. And sold off cheaply.
Alas, those of us who believe that we are broken and bashed, live out of that place. We allow our self esteem to be dictated by the squirrels of this world. We feel cheap. Worthless. Used.
Plenty of judgemental squirrels run riot in my head on a daily basis but what IF I chose to listen to my Papa. What does he say about my brokenness?
Psalm 51 says he doesn’t despise a broken heart, he is in fact close to it. (Psalm 34)
My brokenness isn’t repelling to him…it is appealing. His finished work on the cross makes my brokenness exquisite.
My ashes beautiful. (Isaiah 61) My life priceless. I have within me the sweet smelling fragrance that came out of the broken alabaster jar in Mark 14. Wow!
My brokenness is beautiful. And so is yours.