Beauty in Brokenness
To be one with Jesus Christ,
a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also
to surrender his whole way of looking at things.
For the first 33 years of my life the world taught me to look at things one way.
The house is getting old, I should buy a new one.
The car has 100,000 miles on it, I need a new one.
This chair is broken, I’ll just throw it out and get a new one.
My husband isn’t perfect… (I think you know what comes next.)
But God has a completely different perspective and His desire is that you and I see things His way.
Perfectionism is a widespread disease in the American culture. Few of us look around and see the possibilities and opportunities rather than the problems. So many of us think life is supposed to be perfect. Some of us think we’re the only ones who have issues or problems, that other people’s lives are easier than ours. We believe the lie that what something looks like is exactly what it is.
It’s a wonky mindset we’re dealing with here and we need a new perspective.
If that’s how we think then we won’t handle our problems correctly, whether they be health, financial, or relational. Always seeing the bad, the negative, and complaining about it will only make things worse. Don’t get me wrong, I get this reaction! I’ve lived it.
When problems seemed like they never stopped coming and answers to prayer were few and far between, I have been a heap on my closet floor, away from small, listening ears just flat out crying to God. I’ve told Him that He can have His Christianity, it doesn’t work for me. And I regret every word of it.
When things turn ugly, there is something incredibly important to remember and a wise man said it best:
Grumbling about life is not a little thing. Paul said the Israelites who grumbled in the wilderness were actually “destroyed by the destroyer” (1 Cor 10:10). Who or what is this demonic destroyer? It is a spirit named in Rev. 9: Abaddon (in Hebrew “destruction”) and in Greek, “Apollyon” (destroyer). Whenever we grumble, the quality of our life degrades and is “destroyed by the destroyer.”
It’s hard for many of us to look at something broken and see the beauty in it. Especially if it’s something really important to us, like a relationship, our health, or our finances. But there is beauty in brokenness even if only for the simple yet wonderful fact that the LORD is near to the brokenhearted.
Broken people tend to get a bad response from a lot of us too. We forget to look at people, maybe even own selves, who are in the midst of a divine breaking, through His eyes. The scratches, bumps, and bruises tell a story. The Story of His work in each of us.
If you are there, rest. Stop putting up the facade, pretending to all those around that you’re just fine. Sometimes it is actually our strength that turns out to be our weakness. Stop fighting the fight. Just give in. Be broken already. God is not surprised by what you are going through and life is not supposed to be perfect. Believe the truth that God has the outcome of your trial in the palm of His hand and ultimately it is for your good.
The difficulties of life are what God uses to make us more like his Son. Do not be embarrassed that God is having His way with you. Do not be embarrassed that God sees something so worthy and wonderful in you that He has chosen to break, shape, and mold you into a useful vessel.
And please, I beg you, DO NOT believe the lie from the pit of hell that this breaking is a punishment or has made you useless. If you respond properly it will be exactly the opposite!
It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply. – A.W. Tozer
A person who has been truly broken of the Lord and recognizes His hand in it, is probably the most beautiful thing any one of us will ever encounter. They are ready to live a life abundant and be useful to the Kingdom. They are ready to show the world His amazing grace and glory.
Let God have His way with you because your brokenness is God’s beautiful.