Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Broken




Despite the apparent flaws of broken people, amazingly God uses those fissures and cracks and breaks to shine His Light. In fact, it is those things of greatest repair that cast the most shimmering rays of hope into the darkness.

Some of the broken have fissures that dig deep through the skin and fleshy layers and cut to the heart. Others have shallow, surface cracks that cascade like webs, covering their whole facade. And a few are unrecognizable because only bits and shards of their former self remain.

Rather than brokenness being an act of ruin,
if we let our brokenness
be the shattering
of our own self-will,

then, and only then, will we depend solely upon God to make us whole.

Did you get that? We need to
let our brokenness
be the shattering
of our own self-will.

Simply put, we cannot reassemble our own vessels. We cannot tell God or a preacher or a friend how we want to look when we are healed and restored. If we think we must have that sort of say-so, we are not really ready for a complete restoration in Him.

Healing hearts and renewing minds is not about smoothing wrinkles, lifting saggy places, or plumping lips, it is about:

humble hearts

contrite spirits

and complete surrender...

to the One and only God who can make us whole. The restoration comes only after the breaking.


in the breaking-
Gideon's men shined
His saving light

in the breaking-
a widow poured
His blessing oil

in the breaking-
Mary's alabaster spilled
His righteous perfume

in the breaking-
a boy shared
His humble bread

in the breaking-
Esther's faith rescued
His chosen people

in the breaking-
our God revealed
His precious Son

in the breaking-
in the breaking-
Jesus.



Throughout the Bible God used broken things, like bread and lanterns and alabaster flasks, but more than that, He used broken people. And He continues in this manner today, using the broken to shine His greatest light of glory & love & redemption & healing & salvation.

Are you ready?

Are you willing?

Have you set your own self aside?

Have you endured the sharp places long enough?

Come. Come to Christ with a humble and contrite heart. Whether is is barely cracked or it is completely shattered into dusty hunks and sharp shards, bring it. Bring all of your broken parts.

Now, give it up. Every single little piece. God wants to meet you there, in the breaking. In the already broken. He has been waiting for this time with you, dear one.

Have you noticed that candlelight not only illuminates a dark room, but when it shines forth from a cracked glass jar, it bounces and shimmers and dances? Have you seen this? It is this sort of flickering light, shining through fissures and even cascading web-like cracks, that brightens rooms with unique beauty.

You there. Yes, you. You, be that that beauty. I am here to listen. And pray. Please leave a note in the comment box or just go on your silent way. Just know that I have covered you in prayer this day.

Let us humbly pray:
Father God, oh how I come to You with a heart that wants others to feel and know and breathe Your healing and restoration. Whatever caused their brokenness, set that aside and continually whisper Your Truth into their ears. Fill them with Your beauty. Your love. Your freedom. Shine Your light into all their nooks and crannies. Use the willing and the ready to shine Your light into and onto others who desperately need and seek Your healing. Lord, lead the broken to Your feet just as You did with me. Let Your love shine through all of our broken places. In Jesus' name, amen.


Truths:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
~ Psalm 51:17



For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
~ Isaiah 57:15



Humble yourselves
in the sight of the Lord,
and He will lift you up.
~ James 4:10



For all those things My hand has made,
And all those things exist,”
Says the LORD.

“But on this one will I look:
On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
And who trembles at My word.
~ Isaiah 66:2


* brokenness quote in bold credit: Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss p. 44

* all scripture taken from NKJV

* Darlene's "in the breaking" poem inspired by "Streams in the Desert" by L.B. Cowman;
Oct. 15 reading

* image: taken by me (aka A Simple Country Girl)


9 comments:

emily wierenga said...

a beautiful, humble, powerful site, friend... i hope you'll link it sometime to a broken community which i host every thursday, called imperfect prose. it opens up wednesday evening. and i would be happy to guest post sometime. just let me know when/what. i will be having three posts run at High Calling Blog starting tomorrow; perhaps you'll want to use the same posts, at some point? they address my eating disorder (which i am now recovered from). blessings, e.

Glynn said...

"Let our brokenness / be the shattering / of our own self-will."
And it will be. Great post, ma'am.

Rkchap said...

One of the hard truths of this world is this: People usually only make deep changes in the storms of life. This is particularly true of spiritual change, and your writing here is a compelling reminder that it is in and through our weakness that His strength is made known to both us and others. What you say here, and the incredibly expressive and gently reassuring way you say it, will comfort many, and should help to chip away at the fear and isolation we feel in our most broken moments...to remind us we never need be alone again if we know Christ. Write on...many need your words...and their assuring tone.

Doug Spurling said...

"in the breaking-
in the breaking-
Jesus."

Psalm 34:18
"The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,And saves such as have a contrite spirit."

I broke my collar bone. Doc said once healed it'll be stronger in the broken part. Amen.

emily wierenga said...

oh friend, thank you for your words... for your understanding. i also want to invite you to share this at imperfect prose on thursdays, a place where broken people give offerings to God through imperfect prose. love to you today. e.

here's the link to imperfect prose: http://canvaschild.blogspot.com/2010/11/imperfect-prose-on-thursdays-dream.html

emily wierenga said...

i just visited my blog, and see that you linked it. so glad. :) may it bless all who read it. xoxo

Southern Gal said...

Complete surrender. So hard at times, yet simple to do it for Him who loves us so.

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

It has blessed me, Darlene. Have I had enough of the shards? Good question. Am I ready to let it all go, my own will for His? There is no other peace.

Thank you for your post shimmering for Him. I like that shining through the cracks and dazzling.

Blessings,
Janis

alittlebitograce said...

oh, amen! i'm so glad you linked with emily because i needed to read this today. this has been a long season of breaking and i'm tired. i so long to be whole, but not remade in my image, but in that of His. thank you for your words that encouraged and uplifted this weary one.

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