Brokenness…

 “If you were to ask most people if they desired a life of extraordinary faith, they would probably say yes. So why aren’t more people living out this desire? Because they confuse brokenness with being sidelined by God. Brokenness is what must happen before God can put the pieces back together in the way He can shine through the best.” – (from What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst)

There have been so many times in my life when I have felt broken. I have wondered why God was taking this, that or the other away from me or why He was letting things happen the way they were. I have wondered why I had to fail and mess up so bad and what the point was to certain trials I have been through. I have sought His will and His voice only to feel even more broken.

Truthfully though, I realize that I wasn’t really seeking His will. I was seeking an answer and an explanation & some way to rationalize what I was going through. We can’t rationalize God, His ways or His will. We just have to accept things and learn to grow in faith. The more faith we have, the easier it is to accept His ways & His will even when they don’t make sense to us.

I have definitely let brokenness sideline me too. I have let hurt, anger & fear keep me from growing in faith & getting out there and living life to the fullest. I never thought of the brokenness as God’s way of re-making me into something better & more beautiful.

Do you see the vase in the picture at the top of this post? It’s beautiful isn’t it? Did you know that mosaic vases are made from pieces of broken glass? A solid, plain piece of glass makes a nice, simple & smooth vase, but it is nowhere near as beautiful, bright & sparkly as the mosaic vases that are made from pieces of broken glass.

If you are in a place of brokenness now, I encourage you to embrace it. I encourage you to pray and seek God and walk forward in your faith. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t be afraid of being broken. God is in control & has a plan to make something beautiful out of all of your broken pieces.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. – 1 Peter 5:10

 

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