Humpty Dumpty: Mending Brokenness
I came up with the name “piecebyPeace” for this blog based on a study that I have been doing on understanding the meaning of holiness. There is soooooo much to share on this topic. Here it goes . . .
“Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.” – Samuel Arnold
Welcome to piecebyPeace. My name is Adia Taliaferro and it is such a blessing to be able to share with you in this blog lessons that the Lord has been teaching me in my journey to wholeness. I hope that what I share with you will be as much of a blessing to you as it has been for me.
I came up with the name piecebyPeace for this blog based on a study that I have been doing on understanding the meaning of holiness. There is soooooo much to share on this topic, hence the reason I decided to begin a blog. But, before we delve into an analysis of holiness, and the breakdown of the blog’s name, I would like to share with you a little bit more about why I chose to talk about Humpty Dumpty in my introductory blog.
So you might be thinking what do Humpty Dumpty and holiness have to do with each other—besides the fact that a fictional character’s name from a nursery rhyme and an attribute of God both start with the letter “h”? Well. Actually. Quite a bit. More than you would expect. Just as Humpty Dumpty had a great fall that left him shattered and broken, so have we as fallen humanity.
When Humpty fell off the wall major attempts were made to reassemble him. But every effort made was in vain. Although the king’s horses and his men were the cream of the crop in his kingdom, none of them had what it took to make him whole again. I’m sure that the king’s men were trained in fixing certain things, and maybe the king’s horses had been trained or used to drive a yoke before and pull some things together. But, they could not fix Humpty.
When I look at this story I wonder why the king never came to Humpty himself to give him an authentic, royal, in person touch. That might have possibly been exactly what Humpty needed to be fixed. Instead his representatives and their animals were trying to fix him, as opposed to the king reaching out to touch a member in his kingdom territory. So instead of Humpty being made whole again, he remained shattered in pieces from his great fall.
When we look at the story of “The Fall of Man” in the Garden of Eden, we can draw a nexus from Humpty to our first parents. When Adam and Eve sinned, that was greatest fall of all. They fell from their perfect state of being made in God’s divine image. By this, they too like Humpty were shattered and broken. They lost exactly what Humpty lost, their wholeness. They no longer perfectly reflected the image of their Creator because they had lost certain divine aspects when they chose to sin. They surrendered pieces of themselves to the adversary when they sinned. And like the story of Humpty, vain human effort was made to try to fix what was broken. Adam and Eve made themselves coverings from fig leaves in an attempt to replace what was lost. But their vain efforts could not make up for what they had forfeited. They were broken in spirit and missing parts of their being.
However, when they fell, no vicegerent of God came to save them. God had already arranged that He would send His Son—the King of the universe, to restore humanity in wholeness once again. Jesus Christ himself would come into the territory that was once part of His kingdom, now claimed by the adversary, to touch humanity with His healing power and give them back what they gave up. The King would come to fix them Himself. Jesus came to make us whole.
As we journey together we will talk about the meaning behind the name piecebyPeace, and engage the text that inspired the name piecebyPeace. I hope that this blog post was enjoyable and a blessing to read. And I hope that you are as excited as I am about our journey together. Can’t wait ‘til next time.
With much love, peace and God’s abundant blessings,
P.S. I randomly stumbled across a song by gospel artist BeBe Winans entitled “Humpty Dumpty” not long after writing this post. I thought it was pretty neat that the message in his song is the same in this post. Leaving this to share with you to listen 🙂