Embrace Your Brokenness
Often, one focuses on and worry about their deficiencies or the things that are not going well in their lives especially in relationships. The mind then translates the situation as something is not right or something is wrong. The person enters fix it mode, or start the disengaging process then ultimately complete separation. This uneasiness is an uncomfortable place to be in, and the feelings associated with the situation are not welcomed.
I was reading The Girlfriends in God devotion today, and the title was Celebrate the Broken. The thing that struck me the most was the list of occurrences in the Bible where God used broken things to make an impression on others. The author shared the following list quoted from M.R. DeHann:
“God used two broken stones tablets to cause the Israelites to repent of their disobedience.
God used broken earthen vessels to give the impression of an enormous army accompanying Gideon.
God used a broken heart to return King David to Himself.
God used a broken roof to provide access for a cripple to be lowered by four faithful friends into the healing presence of Jesus.
God used broken loaves to feed five thousand and then some.
God used broken fishing nets to challenge the disciple to depend on him rather than their own efforts for their needs.
God used a broken ship to steer Paul to the island of Malta to reveal the gospel to the natives there.
God used a broken body, pierced for our sins, to provide salvation for all humankind.”
The devotion ended with “Today, embrace the pain in your life. Celebrate the broken places. Surrender them to your God and let Him heal them for your good and His glory.”
This devotion encouraged me personally and professionally. In times of conflict, work towards changing your outlook on the situation and look for growth opportunities. It is easy to focus on the negative, so there has to be intentionality to look for the positive. Maybe this is an opportunity to stretch yourself and do something different. Could it be that you have unknowingly been following an unhealthy pattern in your life and now you need to make some adjustments? The relationship that you are in seems to be on a roller coaster ride, and this uncomfortableness is a signal to do some self-reflection. Or just maybe, you are experiencing this because in the future you will be put in a position to help others. Whatever the reason, don’t use this time to tear yourself down even more; see what lessons are to be learned, start the process of making adjustments if necessary, and strive to live your life more fully.