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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Beautifully Broken- A Contradiction of the Heart?


We let the words slide off our tongue.

"Beautifully broken."



It's a phrase that sounds fantastic -- AFTER the broken part has happened and the healing has begun.

Unlike the phrase, though, we don't often get to SEE the beautiful while the BREAKING is happening.

Sometimes all we see is pain that wrecks us to our core.

Some of us watch the breaking from a distance.


Some of us get an up close and personal look at the breaking.

 

Some of us have become intimate with the breaking point... because it's happening to us.



Breaking ... "being broken"... is not beautiful to the world that's watching.  

It's not beautiful to the life to which it's happening.

It hurts.



We desperately want to take action... to stop the bleeding.

Sometimes we turn our heads and pretend it's not there.  
Maybe the pain will go away?

Other times we try to "play God"... to do the things that God never put our name on... to stop the breaking.  To stop OUR breaking.

It's like handing someone a tissue when they are sobbing.
We have to ask ourselves if the tissue is for their comfort 
or for ours?  

Do we want the tears to stop for them 
or do we NEED them to stop for us?

"Beautifully broken" is a walking contradiction in our hearts without One thing.

It's too much without Jesus in the mix.

We can't see broken as a beautiful state unless we know that broken has a Redemptive Force behind it that is more than what we see.  We have to know that this place called Broken can be used for something more... that it's not just about having walked through hell and saying, "I survived."


We don't get the luxury of phrases like "Beautifully Broken" without the only Inoculation for the pain being part of the story.

We don't get to approach the broken hearts of this world lightly... with casual phrases that sound good when spoken, but cut deep without Jesus in the mix.  We must have a commitment to help them find His heart, not simply exchange word band-aids.

It's simply not beautiful without Him in the mix.  It's hopeless without Him in the mix... and our survival on this side of heaven depends on the HOPE that is Him.  He IS the cure.

He is the Game Changer.




Beth Moore says it so beautifully.  
"Broken things can become blessed things if you let God do the mending."



So, we're letting God mend
the tragedies and heartbreak that unfold in front of us.

Kids, that's crazy hard to do.  I'm doing it.  I'm watching.  It's hard... and my heart KNOWS it's the next right thing.  But it's hard.

Can anyone relate?

So, we LEAN on the truths that we've chosen.

Or maybe we lean on the truths that someone else has mentioned to us and we're still warming up to... but we're desperate enough to give it a whirl.

We LEAN on God's truth that says all of the mess will work together for something much bigger than us, our loved ones, and those we will love.


We see with His eyes the beauty that can and will emerge from a heap of ashes in front of us.

And when we can't see it?  We lean on those who BELIEVE in our circle and can cast vision on our behalf.  We lean on those who help lift our heads and hands to the One who loves us most.

Beautifully broken... it's a thing.

It's real.  It's biblical.  It's not two passionate words strung together to declare victory over the past.

It's our TRUTH if we claim it in every hard moment.

That we WILL NOT be broken without CLAIMING the BEAUTY that Christ paid for at the cross.

We can claim it for ourselves.

We can claim it for those we love.

We can claim it for those that we don't even know, but KNOW need someone to prayerfully invest in their journey.

We can CLAIM beauty for ashes.


Beautifully broken.

No longer a walking contradiction.

We WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
I'm staking my claim in the middle of life's messes... because THAT is where the beauty begins.


How about you?

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2 comments :

  1. I love this and the truth behind it. People always seem to see the bad and feel the hurt instead of seeking God and seeing the beauty. Really makes you think and see things differently when your living with God in your heart.

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  2. I love this and the truth behind it. People always seem to see the bad and feel the hurt instead of seeking God and seeing the beauty. Really makes you think and see things differently when your living with God in your heart.

    ReplyDelete