That purple piece of chalk…yes, that piece right there in the middle. That’s what broken looks like. It looks and feels SO out of place…while everything around it looks…perfect. As I stare at those broken pieces, I can name them in my life. Some recent and some from long ago.
What do you do when you’re broken? Is there anything worthy or good or beautiful to be found in this place?
If you’re a person on this earth, brokenness is a process we all go through, It can take a few years or it can take decades. It’s a time for God to expose our fleshly attempts to live life, to have our core needs of love, acceptance, worth, and security met in our own strength. We quickly realize, it’s impossible! It’s impossible to live the Christian life we want to live and make a radical difference in this world as long as we attempt to do it in our own strength and based on our own understanding and wisdom.
Brokenness is God’s gift to us where he exposes our idols and the useless things of this life and causes them to fall, so we can learn to rest in who we are in him, and who he is, and build our houses on the only solid foundation of Christ. There is freedom and comfort to be found when I remember that God is working…even in the mess that I’ve created.
Brokenness is painful. Because we are all born with the desire to rebel against God and try to meet our needs in our own ways, there is a struggle. This struggle to surrender control… forgetting that our freedom is only found when Christ is in control and I just rest in him (John 15).
“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength.” (V. Havner)
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” – Psalm 34:18