My little family of three waited for the traffic light to turn green. I turned my head to the left and my heart sank deep.
There he was — a middle-aged homeless man. His hair was brown, his eyes sad, and his body thin from lack of nourishment. His cardboard sign etched in black words read:
Broke and Ugly.
So there I sat in the comfortable passenger’s seat of our heated car and I wanted to reach through the window, across the cars in the lane to the left of us and wrap him in a hug. I wondered when’s the last time someone gave him a hug or the time of day for that matter.
And that word.
Broke I’ve seen on many a signs, but ugly – that was a first. What brought him to a place of begging for money on the side of the road, believing that he was worthless?
Red turned to green and we drove off.
The imprint of his face and those words stuck in my mind. What was his story and why those words? Beyond being broke in the sense of not having money, what was broke in his heart that he would choose that four-letter word?
I held onto the image of his face.
No it isn’t so. That man isn’t ugly. He’s God’s creation, fearfully and wonderfully made. None of God’s creation is ugly. None.
God spoke the whole world into being, but us – He MADE us in His image.
There are many in this world desperate for hope, love, and acceptance – many longing to be known and seen and told they are worth so very much to the King who hung on the cross for them.
I think that was the cry of the man’s heart on the side of the road.
There’s this prayer I whisper to God from time to time: Lord, break my heart for this things that break yours. Because it’s tempting to stay inside of my comfortable bubble, but I was made to live brave and go be the Hands and Feet of Jesus in a world that desperately needs Jesus who is the Hope of this world.
There are many in this world holding up signs that cover their hearts which read broke and ugly. They’re on the side of the road with cardboard signs, in grocery stores, churches, schools, and neighborhoods. And the darkness wants to keep them stuck in lies BUT we can be bringers of hope.
Fearfully and wonderfully made proclaims King David in Psalm 139:14. Fearfully and wonderfully made. What if those signs that read broke and ugly were turned over and instead etched in words of gold which read:
Fearfully and wonderfully made.
Maybe there’s a homeless person, a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or someone else you know who needs this message.
Because it really comes down to this—
When you know that you are child of God, chosen and bought with a price, completely forgiven, with the final destination of Heaven — you are the richest you will ever be.
Without Jesus we’d all be carrying around signs like the one I saw from the passenger seat. But Jesus changes everything because in Him we are free and the lies lose their power. In Him we have a glorious inheritance and a Heavenly Father who sees us as righteous. The most Beautiful One of all sees us as beautiful.
So I challenge myself and maybe you want to join me? Who can I share this message with today?
The fearfully and wonderfully made print above? The printable PDF is my GIFT to you. Print one for yourself and print a few to share. Spread a little hope. Share His Love!