I read a quote on Pinterest the other day:
It sounds simple. I mean those words sound pretty. I’d hang them on my wall. BUT the idea is cuter in concept because there’s a word for things that fall apart: broken.
And nothing about brokenness is simple. Nothing. When things break, it hurts.
Broken trust. Shattered hope. Crumbled relationships. Demolished dreams. Crushed spirits. Fractured Faith.
When your heart is in 1000 pieces, it gets complicated. Like really, really complicated. There are emotions to sift through, questions to be answered, lies the enemy is screaming at you and the need to process the chaos. I have a theology on brokenness: God does some of His most beautiful work in our wreckage. If we’ll invite Him into our pain, He’ll pick up the pieces of our hearts and create something new with it; something that wasn’t there before. He takes our wounds and turns them into wisdom.
Hear me hurting people: we have hope. Beautiful, unstoppable HOPE. We have some solid truth the remember in our pain.
- He knows what it’s like to be broken.
Isaiah 53:5 (NASB)“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
He was wounded.
He was bruised.
He was chastised.
He was flat out beaten down.
Here's the truth: He gets us.
And with his stripes, we are healed.
Healing is found in Him. And y’all, sometimes we just need stuff broken off of us for that to happen. Pride. Lust. Insecurity. Fear. Yes, those things are revealed and healed in broken places. His brokenness brought forth death so that ours could bring forth life.
- We see Him better in our breaking.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV) “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
There’s something about pain that pushes us into the arms of Jesus like nothing else does. It allows us to see Him for who He is and ask Him the hard questions: Do you see my hurt, Lord? What do you want to say about it? What do you want to show me in this situation? Go ahead, I dare you. Ask Him for a new perspective and a stellar learning experience. He’s the best teacher.
- Brokenness takes us to places we’ve never gone before.
In the book of Joshua, he is leading a lot of people into the promised land. Moses, his leader, has died. He went from being led to being the leader, from a land he knew well to a land he knew nothing about and on top of that, the cloud by day and fire by night was no longer guiding them. So his faith would have to suffice. God removed his leader, his land and his "maps app."
Joshua 3:4 (NIV) “…you haven’t traveled this way before.”
This is different from everything he had ever known. New places, new territory, new thought processes…all because something in his past was broken off. He's terrified, alone, grieving and yet some how that's the moment he steps into his promise. God often gives us a new perspective before He takes us to new places.
Yes, things fall apart. Sometimes it’s a strategic move from God, sometimes it’s a strategic move from the enemy. Either way, there is this one truth that emerges from the rubbles of our deepest hurts: There is always beauty in the brokenness.
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”