Bad Brokenness Can Become Good Brokenness…and Joy!
These last years, our family shed a lot of tears. Maybe yours has too…
During times like this, we all go through a lot of confusion regarding the “why’s”. Why? Why…again? What is happening? Who can help us? What can we do to reverse this?
Then…the stages. The accompanying indignation, the anger…facing the losses.
All the while, seeking Jesus…sometimes not sensing Him. Sometimes…no strength to seek Him. Yet…He is ever there.
Then…loss of hope. How can we do this? I can’t do this. I can’t keep doing this!
We cannot bear this kind…of loss. Not. Again.
Though the situation isn’t better…in fact, seemingly “worse”…we are now further down the road and… on the edge Easter. (As you can see, I am posting this well beyond Easter and that sentence is still true.)
Because of Jesus Christ…we have hope. Actually…we have immense hope. We are moving forward in that hope. Our greatest desire is to learn, to grow to touch other broken lives. To laugh.
I am looking at my little Snoopy “Happy Journal” with the verses on each page and tiny, happy, Peanuts characters. It makes me smile and think…Another year to practice thankfulness and…
And…this brings me to tears: Another year of seeing each of us grow in spiritual strength when we should have been…could have been crushed. A year of watching those I love seek joy…the kind you can only find in God. Not only in His word and prayer but in taking on life the way He intends. He is a giving and joyful God. Think of Adam and Eve. Where did He put them? In a garden! A beautiful place of glorious nature, creatures…a place to love and be loved.
And…in His presence.
These are the things He wants (has always wanted) for all of us…for you and for me. Despite our disobedience and the weeds/broken places we have allowed (or others have caused) in our garden…His desire is for any “bad brokenness” to become good brokenness.
What a joy to see that happening in in the lives of my family. Some have taken on life in ways only God could orchestrate. Only He could put that vision, that hope in the hearts of me and mine. Only He can take the bad brokenness and make it good brokenness.
It’s true for each of us. As we seek Him…and do not give up…
He will be found.
And in His presence…hope and yes…joy will rebound…
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NASB) 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.