One call, one conversation, one email…all it takes is one.
One to take the air out of the room, punch us in the stomach, leaving us breathless and searching. Life altering news seems to come out of left field. We don’t expect it. We certainly don’t look for it, do we?
The glass shatters. Leaving our lives in pieces.
We can’t see anything but ONE BIG MESS.
How? Why? WHY? Our broken hearts and dreams demand answers. Those questions often get unanswered.
The easiest thing to do is blame God, take up our cause and become victims. And we stay sitting in our mess as the months, years, tick by. Sitting in our mess.
Brave Girl, there is another way.
Psalm 34:18 comforts us with this truth: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Have you looked for God in your shattered pieces? He is nearer than you think. “If He is near, why didn’t he stop this from happening?”
The truth is found in John 16:33… ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The promise of this world: Trouble.
The promise of our Lord: Overcome.
There is another kind of shattering that comes to believers. Truth comes in and shatters our facade of sin. It’s a holy moment when we look at our sin for what it is; face to face with the truth of our estate.
And the shattering comes. Usually when we least expect it. Facade is shattered and we see clearly the heart wrenching betrayal lodged in our heart. Self-worship. “My, me, mine” really boils it down doesn’t it?
Godly sorrow is good. Contrary to what the world would tell us. 2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Godly sorrow brings repentance. A change of heart and mind. Luke 3:8 encourages us to “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” Repentance is not private.
The promise of this world: Death
The promise of our Lord: Life
Brave Girl, you are not alone in your mess. And believe it or not, the truth is God wants to bring a message out of your mess. Will you let Him take the broken things, the hurts and disappointments to make something beautiful?
Only Jesus can turn our ashes to beauty. He won’t throw that shattered life away, but with care only a loving Father can give will He bind your wounds, brush the tears from your cheeks, and begin to build something so beautiful…it will grab the world’s attention and point people to Himself.
Will you be brave enough today to let Him?