Have you ever seen a glass or plate break? It’s almost like it happens in slow motion….
The pieces go everywhere. There’s some under the cabinet, some in the middle of the floor, on the rug..I don’t even want to guess how that piece ended up on the counter. The shattering of these items seems to spread all over the place and all across the room.
That tends to happened to us too when we are broken.
Our brokenness spreads into all aspects of our lives, right? Our sleep suffers, we don’t want to deal with friends, and everything hurts. We can try to clean up the brokenness, but just like a broken glass, or plate, the shards are not that easy to grasp. We tend to miss a piece here or there because we are focused on the bigger pieces of the brokenness that we miss the other pieces like depression. Depression is a real thing, a real part of brokenness that we often refuse to look at because, well let’s be honest, who wants to admit that they are depressed.
**Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that if you are depressed that you are broken** — I have been there. It is a struggle, sometimes to get out of bed and face a new day. However, seeking medical help (be it therapy or just talking to someone) is important. You are not alone and you are loved. I love you and Christ loves you. I know that sometimes it feels as if you are all alone and no one hears you, and this sliver of pain, of brokenness, will never go away. Just hold on and keep pressing.
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken (Psalm 34:17-20).”
He is here. He hears us. That’s the wonderful thing about being broken. Christ will come and fix them, fix us! He is near to us and he hears our cries. He tells us to come to Him for rest and sometimes we just need to rest.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)”
There is nothing wrong with seeking help and trusting in God to deliver you from the brokenness that you feel in your life. You can do both and still be absolutely ok and still be a Christian (you don’t lose your Christian-ness [is that a word?]) for seeking help). I promise.
Putting the plate or glass back together again is a tedious task, let’s be honest (it really is). We usually end up with fewer pieces that what we started with and then the tiny pieces are missing, and we end up just throwing the item away and feeling like we wasted time trying to fix it in the first place. With that in mind and still being completely honest, that is what it feels like when we try to put ourselves back together again. There are little holes from where the slivers went missing, or giant gaps because we placed a piece upside down or in the wrong place, or we completely missed a piece somewhere that is now lost forever. When this happens we tend to beat ourselves up and sink into depression or even worse suicidal thoughts.
The great part about all this is that God can put us back together again and we’ll be better than we previously were. He can fill the broken holes with a newness that will make you so much better than you were before.
©Words With Faith2017