broken crayons still color

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

Part of New Day’s Summer Series and featuring guest blogger Ebony Moore.


Crayons are pretty simplistic. Wax, combined with dye, wrapped in paper of the same color as the dye. What you can do with crayons, however, is a thing of wonder. Things are made beautiful with crayons. Something that might otherwise appear lifeless takes on a completely different persona when treated with the colors that are transferred by the crayons. Children delight in using crayons to color within (or outside of) the lines of their coloring books. Artists have used crayons to fashion masterpieces on canvas and paper alike. There is an entire industry built around this simple object.

I remember coloring with crayons as a little girl. I specifically remember trying to meticulously stay within the lines, fiercely concentrating on whatever it was that I was coloring at the moment. In my concentration, I recall wanting to make some colored areas darker than others. This required that I bear down on the crayon harder, and almost always resulted in me breaking the crayon in two. In this act, another wonder of the crayon surfaced. You see, many things must be discarded after they’re broken. They can’t be glued, or sewn or taped back together. They are of no use, and are thusly relegated to the trash. But not crayons. Crayons are awesome. Because even when broken…

Crayons still color beautifully.

The color is just as vibrant and spectacular when the crayon is in two pieces as it was when it was whole.

Pause for a moment and consider that.

Broken crayons still color—beautifully.

It’s the same with us. Many of us have been broken or are currently in a place of brokenness. You may think that your brokenness makes you useless, damaged goods, fit only to be thrown away. You couldn’t be more wrong. You see, just like a broken crayon, we are still of use. We still possess gifts, talents, and acuities that God desires to use to beautify his Kingdom.

Consider the words of Psalm 139: 13-16 (NKJV, emphasis mine):

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me,When as yet there were none of them.

What a powerful thing to consider. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You were skillfully fashioned by the One who created all; made in His image and likeness. You are a thing of substance. You are a thing of beauty. Even and ESPECIALLY in your brokenness. It’s time to take your place in the Kingdom. Your brokenness doesn’t disqualify you. It positions you to be fit for the Master’s use. The enemy’s perceived trash becomes treasure in the hands of an almighty God.

You are His treasure. And you color beautifully!


Ebony Moore is a believer, mother, poet, and thinker. And a sister in Christ. You can find her blogging at Something New Every Day:

And please forgive the formatting. WordPress doesn’t often favor the cut and paste option.

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