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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inspired by . . . wrong made right

This was originally posted in June of 2014. I'm reposting today in honor of my dad's birthday. He passed away February 4, 2015.

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My dad has been going through boxes.

Pulling out memories that were tossed between four walls of cardboard. Some now forgotten, some still as fresh as when he laid them inside.

Some are my memories, too.

And I'm surprised to see them when he pulls them out.


I made a chess set once. It was a gift for someone who loved to play.

It was a large set, 16x16, I think. The board was made in four pieces. Ceramic.
It took me forever to clean all those chessmen. Once the glaze was applied, my instructor told me to fill each piece with bb's to weight them down. Then the pieces were fired.

If you've ever done ceramics you know that glazes are dull and almost unnoticeable – until the pieces are put in the kiln. When they emerge from the fire/intense heat they are bright, glossy, and the color shines! {Therein lies a lesson for another day!}


I was so excited about my chess set! It was the perfect gift, and I couldn't wait until Christmas morning.

But the next week when I arrived at the ceramic shop to pick up my set, I found this . . .


Turns out I had purchased copper bb's. Big mistake.

All the white chessmen sported this "marble" effect – my chess set was ruined! It had taken me weeks to make, and with Christmas looming, I didn't have time to make a new set of white chessmen. I had no choice but to wrap them up, marble faces and all.

I was so disappointed.

As you might have guessed, my friend was over-the-moon about the chess set – marble chessmen and all. They said it made the set unique. Special. One of a kind.


I was happy that my friend liked the set, but it took me awhile to get over the disappointment.

When my dad pulled these chess pieces out of his memory box I was surprised. I laughed a little and asked him why he'd kept those. His eyes moistened a bit as he said, "Because it was so good."


I hadn't realized it at the time, but my dad had been impressed by the set I'd made. It really was a beautiful chess set. I was the only one, it seems, that thought less of it because of the copper marbling on the white pieces.

My dad was proud of what his little girl had made.  So years later when the set was damaged, he saved some of the pieces.


There are several lessons here, I think, but what God is speaking most profoundly to my heart is Romans 8:28.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-
those whom He has called according to His plan.

We all make mistakes. And those mistakes have consequences. Sometimes life-changing consequences.

But whether it's a little mistake that takes some of the JOY out of a Christmas gift {for the giver} or a big mistake that changes what your Christmas celebrations are like for years to come, God's promise holds true.

He works ALL THINGS.

Some things?


ALL THINGS for the good of those who love Him.

You may never see the good that God works from your mistake. Or you may receive a blessing, as I did when dad showed me the chess pieces he'd saved.  That chess set had meant something to him. It has pleased him, made him proud.


And the gift I'd made wasn't even for him.



I had fun using Bonnie's textures on some of these images.


  1. Kind of cool ... and what an incredible object lesson.

    I'm glad he saved them. I'm grateful HE saved us.

    I so appreciate you, June, and what you bring to my life!

  2. Precious lesson and one of value to me this day. Also, the sweet memory with your father who loves you dearly. Glad you are my neighbor today at Jennifer's.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  3. When I first saw the "marbled" white pieces, I was smitten. You thought it was ruined, but I, and your father, only saw its beauty...just like our heavenly Father sees us. Thank you for the rich life lesson articulated so well.

  4. That is so cool... Your dad is still your biggest fan, except for our Father, of course. Great lesson, June. Those really were amazing by the way! Art is in your blood!

  5. i DO think they're neat! thanks for sharing them!

  6. How special--both the chess set and the retelling of it. I think I'll remember it whenever I see a set. I'm so thankful that God takes the mistakes and makes them into good. Oh what a God we serve! ~Pamela

  7. I was one of those, that is chess maker, the set and the board, but I have never the seen one which is beautiful as that.

  8. Your post brought tears to my eyes.
    After my dad went to be with God I went through is things- boxing them up. I remember finding a box he kept special things in. Inside were all the cards I'd made him growing up! Even the really ugly things when I was barely able to write. It was a special moment I'll never forget- knowing how much my dad loved me. Finding that box was a blessing from God, telling me that my dad's love for me hadn't ended in his death- it will continue in heaven.

  9. A heart-warming message, June. Your chess pieces look beautiful and I loved that your father saved them even when the gift wasn't for him. Simply precious. I appreciate you . . . so very grateful for the words God places on your heart to share. Always encouraged. Much love. xoxo

  10. Oh June... I absolutely ADORE this post. I think the chess set looks super cool and I love the parallel that you have drawn with how God relates to us and uses ALL of our circumstance. Lovely, my friend-- and thanks for sharing this over at #EverydayJesus.

  11. How beautiful! The "mistake" made it one of a kind!!! patsy


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