This is a beautiful post by Matthew Jacobson on brokenness and our perspective of it and God's purpose for it in our lives. I hope it may minister to some of you! ~Breanna
Every morning since he was about 8, my son Dauntless goes out to the
chicken coop to collect the eggs. But, this morning was different. He
came into the house with a bowl of eggs, shell, and runny yellow yolks
all mixed together in a slimy mess, with bits of egg running down his
trembling hands. He tripped on the way back to the house.
Brokenness isn’t beautiful. Broken things aren’t beautiful. And, a broken heart definitely isn’t beautiful.
We feel the searing pain of every false smile, faithless friend,
disappointment in a spouse, and the hard injustice we see on every side.
Life is filled with broken things and, if we’re honest, most of them are on the inside of that person we see in the mirror every morning.
Instinctively, we know there is something better, something whole
that life was intended to deliver, but somewhere those plans were
destroyed and we live in the aftermath, piecing together disparate parts
that don’t fit together so well. And where is the purpose in all that?
Some people speak as if brokenness is beautiful,
as if life was intended to be a cubist painting – identifiable as
“life” but chunked up, chipped and badly distorted, like a basket of
eggs handled by a carless child. A basket of fresh eggs smashed to pieces from a fall is not a good thing. Any child will tell you that.
“You have cancer”, “Your child is severely brain damaged”, “He was
killed in a car accident” “Your husband has been cheating on you”, “Your
unmarried daughter is pregnant”…. Brokenness is not beautiful. It’s ugly, lonely, disfigured, painful, and perverse.
The mistake is to believe there is no purpose in our pain – that broken things can have no value.
The Creator of all that was right and good (before it was corrupted
by sin) says that the worst thing that has happened to you He will use
for good. . . . if you let Him. Romans 8:28 assures us of God’s use of
our broken places – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Our journey is our own but the human experience is universal, which
is why the next time you encounter someone, you can rest assured they
are filled with broken places, too, and the good that God
brought into existence from the pain you’ve suffered just might be the
grace and understanding heart you have for your fellow traveller.
There’s more room in a broken heart and sometimes God has to break our hearts to make room for others.
Brokenness hurts, sending shards of pain throughout our life. Who
could want that? Brokenness exacts a high cost but it can also be of
great worth in God’s hands. The value of our own brokenness is seen in God’s use of it in the lives of others.
Life has forced you to pay a heavy price but will you receive the
value of your brokenness? Will you receive what God has in store for the
worst things that have happened to you, allowing Him to bring peace to
your heart and good to the lives of others from all the pain, shame,
ugliness, and heartache?