I was just a girl, age 14, when I learned how beautiful “broken” can be. My personal experience is an illustration that I pray will help and bless you.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
For several years I had collected miniature tea sets from various places where our family traveled. My absolute favorite was a delicate gold-plated China tea set. I thought it was absolutely beautiful. It sat front and center in my display.
One day as I was vacuuming my room, I accidently swiped the tea set off of the shelf and it shattered, into what seemed like a million tiny pieces as it hit the wood floor. All I could do was scream. My mom came running and found me sitting on the floor crying as I looked at my favorite tea set, destroyed.
After comforting me, my mom picked up every single shred of China from the floor and removed it. Unbeknownst to me, over the next couple of weeks, she painstakingly glued each piece back together until there were no missing pieces. It must have taken hours and hours of careful effort to accomplish something I never thought possible.
I’m ashamed to say that when she presented it to me, all I could see were the hundreds of cracks that were visible in the smooth gold coating. I knew it was now the ugliest tea set I had. Sadly, I didn’t really appreciate her extensive labor to put the tea set back together, because I knew the cracks would never go away and it would never be beautiful again.
I packed all the tea sets away and didn’t look at them for a long time. But as I matured, my perspective gradually changed and I recognized that only love could have worked so hard to put all the pieces back in place. The cracks in the China eventually became a glowing reminder of how much I was loved. And once again, but for very different reasons, that golden tea set, with all the cracks, became my favorite. Now I can’t look at it or even think about it without becoming emotional. This love story was the centerpiece of what I shared at my mother’s memorial service.
Now, one of my most treasured memories is that of the broken tea set that was mended in hands of love. It ministers to me often and reminds me that without the damage, I wouldn’t have such a perfect memory of what love looks like.
This childhood experience reminds me of how God handles our brokenness. We are born into a fallen world full of pain, abuse and betrayal. Whether it is sin we commit or a sin someone commits against us. Sin causes breaks and damage in our life. It damages something innocent and perfect. Sin wounds us and then causes more sin through unforgiveness, hopelessness, and anger toward someone or something.
If brokenness is not repaired, then it continues to restrict us from walking the path that God has ordained for us. It continues to cause us pain, much like a bone that is not set properly and inhibits proper function. We may learn to live with it, but it is not the way God wants us to live.
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Only God is able to take what is broken and rebuild it into something that brings praise to Him and provides goodness and strength in our lives—breaking the cycle of more sin. Only true healing—whether physical, emotional or spiritual, can free us from being a victim. That can only happen if we fully give our brokenness to God. Only in His hands is brokenness mended. Only under His loving care are the pieces reassembled. Only through His healing is the pain removed and turned into joy.
God is in the business of repairing that which has been broken down. There are many examples in Scripture where God had His prophets, and His people, repair what had been broken by the enemy. Why would rebuilding what is broken be a concern to God?
We learn through scripture that it is His nature to fix what is broken, to heal was is sick, and to bind what is wounded.
He knows that the enemy will come in through a broken place. Much like the wall of Jerusalem, which was broken down, leaving the city vulnerable (Nehemiah). Broken places in our lives leave us vulnerable to the enemy. We are responsible as followers of Jesus to bring these broken places to the Lord and to work with Him to repair the breaches in our lives.
We must choose to let go of the brokenness and damage once we give it to God. And to be prepared for Satan to come and remind us of the pain–tempting us to pick up the hurt and anger once again. However, if we continue in that place of brokenness we remain in a trap of the enemy. We are only set free when we trust God with our healing and wholeness.
God’s Word and His will are timeless. They do not change. His will, which was revealed to Isaiah, is the same today for you. Jesus proclaimed this ancient Scripture when he came to earth–expressing God’s will. His desire is that your broken places are healed, that your darkness is turned to light. Read His promise in the Scripture below and make the decision today to bring any brokenness you may have to the cross.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,” Isaiah 61:1-3
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