Tuesday, March 29, 2016

To the Broken One

Oh, my lovely. You feel broken today, don't you? You feel defective, unlovable, and beyond repair. Maybe you're heartbroken over the man of your dreams. Maybe your family never acted anything like "family" to you. Maybe you can't have all the babies you wanted. Maybe you feel like the right guy will never come. Maybe you feel like your sins are unforgivable. Maybe you always seem to get the short end of the stick. Maybe you feel like you're devoid of talent. Maybe you just feel like a completely lost cause. Maybe every dream you've ever tried to chase has evaporated into thin air. Let me just tell you: I know this feeling all too well, and it is the sincerest prayer of my heart that no one should ever, EVER have to feel this way. It is absolutely the worst most hopeless feeling in the world to feel so broken. If you're here and you relate, I'm glad we can chat, but I HATE that you feel this way. I would do absolutely anything to make sure no one every hurts like this.


Maybe you're the strong/silent type when it comes to brokenness: you plaster a forced smile on your face and get about your day so no one can see that hurt. You work harder at hiding that brokenness than anyone has ever worked at anything. Fake happiness and pretending like it's all good feels safe to you.

Or maybe you're the one who lays it all out there on social media. You have come clean with your struggles and you feel like no one is there for you. It feels like no one is listening. It feels like no one cares. 

Either way, brokenness is isolating. You feel alone & scared, and most days you're just barely squeaking by. You may be temporarily distracted by things that take your mind off the brokenness, but that icky feeling always returns. You're frustrated that no one cares. You're sad that you're facing this all alone. You're envious that life seems so much easier for everyone else. You believe that you must be damaged to be in this place. The rest of the world keeps spinning on, and you're stuck here. Something MUST be wrong with you, right?


"He is close to the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds." ~Psalm 147:3

Don't you listen to that voice that tell you you are all alone, because you are not. If you feel broken right now, you know what means? You are in the presence of God. Right now. He is right there beside you. He is in this with you. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will lead your paths straight." ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Don't listen to that voice that says there are no solutions to these problems. That is your own understanding, and that will always lead you astray. But God never will, lovely one.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." ~Jeremiah 1:5

Don't listen to that voice that tells you that you are so broken that you have no purpose. God is saying to you "Of course you are good enough, my precious daughter. I created you with very specific purposes in mind."

"Don't copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn God's will for you, which is good and perfect." ~Romans 12:2 

Don't listen to that voice that tells you that your brokenness is a defect. God's will for you is good and perfect. His has very specific ideas about how to use your brokenness for good, my love. All of the best world changers have been broken hearted. God does His best work in places of brokenness. The apostle Paul declared himself the worst of sinners, and look what God did with someone who once slaughtered Christians for fun.

To the precious gem reading on the other side of the screen, God has big plans for your brokenness. You probably don't see it now, but one day you'll look back and see exactly why you on a journey down this broken road today. God is making a beautiful masterpiece out of what you call a big, ugly, hot mess. Trust your brokenness to Him, and you'll never, ever regret it. Being broken is never a bad thing. Broken people are the ones closest to the feet of Jesus, and the ones with the most potential for great change. God's got you, baby. He has great things in store not just for you, but He has massive plans for the world through you. You can look at your brokenness today and say "It is well." Because you know what? It is!!



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