"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." -Genesis 50:20
Joseph knew broken. Sold by his own brothers into slavery, wrongly convicted of assaulting Potiphar's wife, forgotten by the king's cupbearer. He had cornered the market on broken.
But he is also an excellent example of God picking up the pieces of a broken life and restoring them into something even more beautiful than the original. Joseph was redeemed by God and esteemed by the Pharaoh to a position of power that allowed him to save the lives of many people, including his own family.
God uses, and even needs our broken pieces-past scars, present sufferings, sinful past-to redefine our lives. We do not have to be defined by these things, but we do have to let God use them to redeem us. We are a constant work in progress.
"Our restoration will be complete in the presence of God when we see Him face to face."
"When suffering shatters the carefully kept vase that is our lives, God stoops to pick up the pieces. But He doesn't put them back together as a restoration project patterned after our former selves. Instead, He sifts through the rubble and selects shards as raw material for another project-a mosaic that tells the story of redemption."
-Ken Gire (The North Face of God)
What God has in store for us, what God can create from the broken pieces, is far more beautiful than anything we could possibly create on our own.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.