It's something that doesn't fail to call out gratitude in us: the way that God redeems.
It isn't just what he does; it's the way he is.
And there is a new film coming out that has this at the heart, this month: BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, releasing in cinemas on October 24th.
The film makers chose this title for a reason—because the film tells the most unbelievable true story of three families from different sides of the world—the kind of story that has to be seen to be believed (see our blog about it here). And it's a story of God redeeming the unredeemable.
That's why it's "beautifully broken." It hits home because the fact is, we are all beautifully broken.
And the reason is: redemption.
I recently found myself in a forum for speakers of languages other than English, where someone had asked this question:
"As I understand, both verbs 'redeem' and 'rectify' have one same meaning - to correct something, do they? Does it mean that they are interchangeable and you can say 'to redeem/rectify the situation you have to make further tests’?"
It's pretty understandable for someone unfamiliar with some of the nuances of English to assume that these words have the same meaning, but it got me thinking about the huge difference between them. Especially for those of us who have had a revelation of grace.
Google defines RECTIFY as: to put right; correct.
And REDEEM as: compensate for the faults or bad aspects of; do something that compensates for poor past performance or behaviour; atone or make amends for (sin, error, or evil); save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.
Not terribly inspiring, perhaps, and maybe that's because these cold definitions lack the warmth of the personal-ness, the intimacy, and engagement that happens when God redeems. The way he comes close and makes things beautiful.
If we think of this specifically in terms of the work God does with broken situations in our lives, then we're talking about something much mightier, long-reaching, relational and powerful, than a simple fix-it. Because the situation doesn't just get "put right" (and sometimes not at all, or at least in the way we expect or hope). It gets made into something beautiful.
He's really like that. And we can take time to pause and give thanks for it—because he's amazing!