Over the course of the last week, there have been breathtaking sunsets when I’m leaving work. Although I am still not used to the sun setting at 4:30 pm, it has reminded me that there is beauty in the midst of the everyday brokenness. You may ask why.
Well, I work as a grant writer/fundraiser in the nonprofit industry with organizations that primarily focus on serving the homeless and low-income populations. I am faced with the brokenness of humanity every day. These individuals have tragically experienced cycles of abuse, addiction, destructive relationships, abandonment, and neglect.
We are all imperfect, flawed, and needy. The world tells us to hide our weaknesses, flaws, and mistakes that were made in the past. Admitting we need help is one of the hardest things to do. This often renders us feeling useless, beyond repair, shameful, forgotten, and rejected.
God Seeks The Lost
However, God loves the broken-hearted. God seeks the lost and loves the hopeless. Better yet, He chose you before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Despite our flaws, God still cherishes us as His children. In our lowest state of brokenness, God shows us just how desperately we are in need of His love and grace. It is there that we repent and realize that we were made for more.
“I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.” Isaiah 43:2.
He is eagerly waiting to heal us, creating a beautiful masterpiece out of our brokenness if we let him. In brokenness, no matter where you are at, we should strive to find glimmers of this beauty. Because in our brokenness we can find Jesus and He fits all the pieces back together. There is hope in a new life because of Jesus’ blood that was poured down on the cross.
Beauty in Brokenness
Our redemption was not made possible by anything we could have accomplished on our own. Jesus took on the brokenness of the world in exchange for our freedom. He sought out the sinners and called them in by dying on the cross. Every crack and scar of our past is a reminder of the anticipation of the eternal inheritance that He gave to us on the cross. You are a new creation and your identity is now found in Him.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
Jesus now lives in you and makes it possible to have an intimate relationship with the Father. You get to experience His endless grace and mercy in your own life. You are worth that much and more to Him. Not because you proved yourself good or holy or righteous or beautiful but because Jesus is worthy. Therefore, you must choose to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and His work in you. Only then will you find beauty in brokenness.
God Uses Our Brokenness
Our stories don’t end when we are saved. God uses our brokenness to speak truth into others’ lives when they are struggling. Your testimony is about what God has done and continues to do in your life. He has orchestrated this whole plan that we might shine light into other’s darkness and ultimately glorify His name.
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.
God uses our brokenness to comfort others in their desperate time of need. He can work through you to bring others into His family through your testimony. Christ’s redemption and love should be radiated out of our new selves.
God’s power is bigger than your past and His truths are bigger than your brokenness. We are all imperfect but God’s ways are perfect. He loves us and values as His children. His grace can sustain you. He is restoring your heart every day.
I pray that God can shed His truth and light into your heart amidst your own trials, grief, and burdens. Completely surrender it all to Him and understand how much you need Him. There you will find peace and rest.