“…..a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…..” ~ Isaiah 61:3
Brokenness….. there are many things that break our hearts. A dream not realized, a desire not fulfilled, a hurting comment, a recovery that is painful and slow, a relationship that is trying, a failure that is disappointing, a target not reached, an ideal not kept, an example not followed, the loss of something precious, the demise of a loved one, an unexpected crisis, being cheated, abused, insulted, humiliated, a mistake that is hard to undo, a consequence that is enduring, a toil that is arduous, a covenant that is defiled, a tragedy that wounds, a trust betrayed, a labor that does not yield good fruit, an unaccomplished goal, a discouraging defeat, demands that are exacting, reality that stings….
Brokenness makes us feel so shattered inside. We feel so devastated. We feel as though our life has come to an end… that we’ve been broken into so many pieces, it’s hard to pick them up and begin life all over again. We feel hopeless and give up.
But God is still there at the end of our brokenness. It’s comforting to know that God is there to help us move on ahead from just where we think we cannot go further. God understands how we feel. In Psalm 51:17 the Bible says, ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” That’s true. God will not despise us when we are broken. Instead when we trust Him and surrender our lives to His control, in loving care, God turns our brokenness into something beautiful.
“Dear Jesus, I come to You. I offer my brokenness to you. I believe You can do something beautiful out of it. Mould me once again, I pray. Amen.”
God can make beauty out of brokenness