Beauty in Broken

Bridget Jones–click here for a great break up song

I’ll be honest, I feel a little strange talking about a broken heart that God has already made whole, but if this can encourage someone whose heart is currenty raw, broken, or hurting, than it is totally worth it.   So here goes…

Broken hearts suck.

Yes, they most definitely call for two of my favorite men, Ben & Jerry.

Yes, they are a free pass to gorge on whatever you want.  Including, but not limited to: Bloomin’ Onions, Big Macs, Taco Bell, and Beef & Cheddar’s from Arbys—I’m a classy girl, what can I say? 

Yes, they call for several good chick flicks.

But ultimately, they suck. 

However, once you move past the initial sucky-ness, there is beauty to discover.  You see, even though it might sting and your heart aches, God is near.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
   and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
For me, this season of healing was a precious, intimate time with the Lord.  I came to Him lonely, empty, and broken.  I came to Him hurting, aching, and tired.  I came to Him with nothing, but He gave me everything.  He held me, rocked me, and filled me.  That, sweet friends, is a small taste of the infinite love and grace He has for each of us.  
I was so hungry for love and fulfillment and what I discovered was that God, only God, could meet and satisfy those needs.  Even now, married to the love of my life, I’m still learning:  only God can fully satisfy. 

When we’re in a dry and lonely place, He is there.  Guiding us, satisfying us, strengthening us, and breathing life back into our feeble frames.

The LORD will guide you always;
   he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
   and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
   like a spring whose waters never fail. 
Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
Isn’t that beautiful?

But not only is God near, He takes all of those tiny pieces and makes them whole once again.  It’s an incredible, beautiful thing.

Although God is more than able to put the pieces back together instantly, it may take some time.  For me, it was a process.  I saw healing come in several stages.  If I’m going to be totally honest, there was one part of my unforgiving heart that took 2 years to heal, but eventually, I found freedom through forgiveness…but forgiveness is another topic for another day.

God is takes the fractured, broken, and dysfunctional and puts them back together.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].”
Psalm 147:3 (Amplified) 
He also understands us and is able to give us the grace and support we need each day in such a perfect way.  For me I saw this in so many ways including:
  • the sweet and timely scriptures He whispered to my heart each day through His Word.
  • two of my best friends driving through the middle of the night just to see and encourage me
  • an incredible weekend with one of my heroes who indirectly helped to inspire Long To Love
  • the opportunity to be challenged and stretched folding laundry for a month at Rockbridge with a fabulous group of people including: Ansley, Eliza Joy, Mary, Megan, and Sara.  Definitely not something I would have chosen on my own, but God knew it was just the ticket. 
 “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)
Nursing a broken heart?  Put down the Ben & Jerry’s and run into the arms of God.  It may seem like you have a long, painful road ahead of you, but God is nearHe is with you.  Wait on Him and He shall strengthen your heart!!
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
         That I would see the goodness of the LORD
         In the land of the living.
 Wait on the LORD;
         Be of good courage,
         And He shall strengthen your heart;
         Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV)