"When God breaks you, He does it with grace." —Tasha Cobbs Leonard
"He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak." —Isaiah 40:29
What does it mean to be broken? I think feeling broken means different things for different people. Some people, well, most people - see brokenness as a negative. I see it as a positive.
I love being broken. It reminds me how much I need God. It keeps my human-ness at the forefront of my mind, giving pride no room to take root in my heart. The last thing I need is for pride to take root in my heart, because the only thing that will grow from something that toxic, is weeds. What are those weeds in our heart you ask? They are insecurity, comparison, anxiety, depression, jealousy, and dissatisfaction with the blessings God has given us. I don't know about you, but I need to be reminded constantly that I literally suck without God by my side.
Life will constantly throw obstacles and challenges at us that tempt us to bend. Bend the rules, bend our standards, bend our convictions, bend our morals, bend our dreams, and ultimately bend who we are to fit a certain mold. Even in our romantic relationships we can bend what we thought was a concrete "deal-breaker," just to keep something from breaking. We bend who we are to keep ourselves from breaking. We bend what we hear the little voice inside saying, to keep our hearts from breaking as a result of a decision we know we need to make.
I urge you today, allow yourself to break. Stop bending who you are to avoid the feelings that come with being broken. Leave the guy that's repeatedly hurting you. End the friendship with the person taking advantage of your kindness time and time again. Change your career, even if it means you'll have to grieve, or "break" for a period of time as you pursue the dreams in your heart.Break out of your loneliness. Break out of your pain. Break out of old habits.
Break out of the familiar.
Stop avoiding brokenness. It's a part of being human. It's wired into the DNA of who we are. Going through seasons of brokenness is something every human goes through. Whether facing the emotions that come from the death of a loved one, or saying goodbye to the only man you ever loved.
Don't run from it. Embrace it.