Are You Broken?

Salisbury Post- August 1, 2015

If you are in a season of brokenness, you may not want words of advice. You want

breakthrough! I understand. I have been there. During those difficult seasons of my life,

much of my day would be spent going through the motions, watching and wondering

how others kept going about their daily routine as if everything was normal. For me-

nothing felt normal.

 

You may be grieving, sick, discouraged, facing a difficult circumstance, in a broken

relationship, or dealing with broken expectations. If so, read this with your heart, and let

God apply it to your life. If you are not in a season of brokenness, read it with your mind,

and use it to encourage others along your path.

 

I haven’t walked in your shoes. I haven’t traveled your path. But… I can tell you

what God has done for me. Here is some of what I have learned in my seasons of

brokenness:

 

*Brokenness shows God’s provision. Even the strongest can be broken. It is not a

sign of weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 - My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is

made perfect in weakness.

 

*Brokenness shows God’s plan. It is part of life. John 16:33 - In this world, you will

have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

*Brokenness shows God’s purpose. Your tests become your testimony. 2

Corinthians 4:17 - For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far

more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

 

*Brokenness shows God’s providence. We don’t have all the information. Our

knowledge is limited. God knows why. We don’t. Deuteronomy 29:29 -The secret things

belong to the Lord.

 

*Brokenness shows God’s power. We can’t fix it. God can. Psalm 147:3 - He heals

the broken in heart.

 

*Brokenness shows God’s proximity. He is near! Psalm 34:18 -The Lord is near to

those with a broken heart.

 

Vance Havner wrote, “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. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping

bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”

Having been through seasons of brokenness in my life has more equipped me to

help bear the burdens of others as they travel through difficult days. You see, my

brokenness has become a weapon of usefulness, and my setbacks were actually

setups!

Oh, how my heart hurts for those of you who may be struggling in your season of

brokenness. May your good days slowly begin to overtake the ‘not so good’ days, and

one day when you least expect it, I know the sun will break through the clouds and

begin to shine in your life again.

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