Psalm 34:18-20 (MSG) Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time. He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
Driving to my parent’s house, I was listening to some old playlists on my phone from a decade ago. It’s about a four hour drive. Scrolling through the list of albums and artists, I came across an old go to from a long time ago. The song “Lowest Place” by Laura Hackett Park was an all-time favorite 10 years ago. I remember putting on repeat and singing these lyrics:
You said there would be joy in the laying down… You said there would be joy in the letting go… You said there would be joy in the giving of my life… And now I see. Your river it rushes to the lowest place…
At first, I didn’t even notice but as I began to listen to the words again over and over. I do see. This song was given to me by the Lord BEFORE our son’s battle with cancer. A season of complete and utter brokenness was coming and the Lord was preparing my heart for the beauty beforehand. There is joy in the laying down of this life to embrace the future hope that is coming. There is a joy in letting go of the temporary in exchange for the eternal. There is most certainly joy in the giving of our mediocre and meaningless life for the extraordinary purpose that God created us for and called us to complete. He promises in Ephesians 2 to make us into masterpieces. Beautiful and magnificent mosaics of all the broken pieces of our past to become a new creation in the future.
If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there.
A broken heart is required for the future seeds in our life. There is no way around it. Until our heart is completely shattered at the enormity of our sin, and overwhelmed by His Amazing Grace there is no hope. However, it is in our complete devastation and the destruction of human expectations that the Light of His Love shines brightest. The work calls such a meltdown weakness but God tells us this is when His Power works through us. He promises to complete that which He has begun in us. He cannot do that if our will is contrary to His Will without imposing on our freedom which His Sovereignty will not allow. So He waits. Right there with us, He is waiting for the opportunity to scoop up all these beautifully broken pieces and make them the good thing for His Glory just as He promised. We must be broken. Seeds of faith will fall into the cracks of our devastation and begin to root and ground us in Jesus Christ.
If you are kicked in the gut, He will help you catch your breath.
How many times does life become overwhelming? How often do our fears, cares, worries and burdens cause us to move from rest to constant striving? Not only is a broken heart essential to the Resurrection Power of God working in and through us but a broken spirit. Humility is born of brokenness. It comes in the moment that it becomes apparent the construed control that caused us to feel safe is completely comprised. It is when helplessness becomes a reality in our situation. The impossible that punches us in the gut and takes our breath away. The next breath, the only breath that will sustain us is the fresh wind of God’s Spirit blowing away the tragic details to reveal that greater is He who lives in us than he that is in the world. We must be broken in spirit to release the potential of God’s Glory in our life.
There is no turning back from brokenness. If there is no restoration and renewal from God to heal us, there will be no purpose in our suffering. If at the end of the day, there is no hope than we will succumb to our conditions. It is our loving and living God ever-present in our life who works overtime to prepare us for the unthinkable things that will break us apart to be sure that our hope is in the promise of becoming a new creation.
God makes all things beautiful in His Time. The broken heart and broken spirit are all part of His Plan. To transition our faith and hope from reality to embrace eternity and the Kingdom of God is for our own good. It is the place in Christ where fulfillment is found. It is the pathway to the promise of a rich and satisfying life that Jesus came to give us. Do not give in to brokenness. Be sure to surrender every bit of it to the Lord. He is faithful. He will do exactly as His Word has promised. His Love is uncompromised and becomes concrete in our broken hearts and spirits. God is remaking, rebuilding and renewing us – it will require breaking apart every hard thing to make us soft, pliable and humble vessels in His Capable Hands.