It’s so easy to become weary when you spend so much of your life broken. People seldom talk about it. But don’t you think we should celebrate leaving a place of brokenness? We may end up broken again, but how sweet it is to realize we’ve been restored. That’s what happened to me. Here’s a short list of my own experiences:
Came from a dysfunctional home – Broken. Was divorced after a short marriage – Broken. Experienced the suicide of a loved one – Broken. Dealt with a brain tumor and was given days to live – Broken.
The list could go on, but that would be too depressing. The point of celebration is that I was healed after each bout of brokenness. Let me list some points of restoration:
When my own children dealt with coming from divorced parents, I knew how to comfort them – Restored. I am married to an amazing man who loves God – Restored. I have a heart for broken people who want to die. I can talk to them with authority and empathy as to what they will leave behind – Restored. When I thought I was going to die, I experienced a closeness to God that I had never felt before – Restored.
God offers strong words of encouragement to us who are broken. He sees us in our blights (Ex. 3:7), He promises good things (Ps. 85:12), and He promises protection (Ps. 121:4).
Brokenness awaits for us all. If we are not in the middle of being broken, we’ve just climbed out of a hole of despair or are getting ready to be blind-sided by an experience we didn’t anticipate.
Allow words of comfort to surround you. Scripture and good friends are key. Let God’s words, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5) resonate in your heart. They were meant for you—not just the collective you, but you, the person reading this blog. Who knows, maybe I was led to write this blog specifically for you as you read this.