Dear broken heart; broken by the words someone said. Broken by someone’s opinion. Broken because someone who was close isn’t close anymore.
Broken because that loved one who in your mind had 50 years left to live–
broken cause they’re gone.
Broken because turning on the news today can break you down like that.
Broken for the families who won’t see their brothers or sisters or sons or daughters again because they were in Orlando that day.
Broken because you were betrayed by a friend.
Broken because someone was chosen over you.
Broken because no matter how hard you try, you never measure up.
so. many. broken. people.
& we are broken for so many reasons.
But broken heart, you are welcomed here.
Hurting soul who has lost hope, you are welcomed here.
I don’t think it’s ok to pretend we’re ok and whole and strong when we aren’t. In fact, I think the most courageous thing we can do in a world of people trying hard to be “the strongest” is to own our brokenness and bring it to the Healer.
Because your broken heart might just be the means through which God brings about His purpose in the world.
I’ve struggled these past two years. There have been a lot of mornings I didn’t want to get out of bed. A lot of depression I’ve tried to fight off. A lot of brokenness I’ve tried to hide because I thought it would make me look weak. There have been a lot of days I’ve lived completely bound by insecurity and afraid that if people saw who I really was, they’d see that I wasn’t enough. I’ve felt like I shouldn’t share it because I’ve convinced myself that it’s really not that big of a deal, and that people are going through harder trials than mine.
I know there are hearts reading this who have been through a lot more than what I’ve been through–or will ever experience. But I am convinced that it is a bad idea to minimize our pain and tell ourselves we’re silly for feeling a certain way about something that is “so small.” I’m convinced it’s a bad idea to beat ourselves up for the way we feel instead of casting all of our emotions and feelings and pain at the feet of our King.
I also share this because God has brought me an incredible freedom in the past two months as He’s made my soul come alive to its purpose. To His purpose in me. You see, we can worry about how people perceive our brokenness and try to please everyone, or we can be raw and honest. God has called us to honesty, even when it’s not glamorous. Even when others see us as being too much to handle. He never sees us as too much to handle, and He always sees us as enough.
Please be honest with your brokenness. Don’t try to hide it. After all, you can’t hide it from the One who sees and knows all things.
Maybe you’re broken heart is what will one day heal another person’s brokenness.
We have to look beyond what we see today. How we feel today. What we think. We have to look to the hope of the beautiful things God does with broken people.
When you uncover your purpose, you can own your brokenness, because you are given eyes to see that your broken heart today is part of His story for your tomorrow. We can’t listen to the lies that tell us our brokenness defines us. We have to own it-and bring all of that cutting pain and deep weakness to our Savior. We have to trust, and to wait.
Because when we pour out our weakness at His feet it becomes a catalyst for the river of His strength to flow through us and consume all that we are in His love.
& we can do this.
We can lay down our inadequacies, our depression, our pain, our weakness, our addictions, our sins, our struggles, our failures, our mistakes, and our regrets.
There is an abundance of room at the feet of Jesus for your mess. But there is an even greater abundance of grace to turn that mess into a miracle.
& after all, maybe we should praise Him for the fact that we are even broken–because when we experience brokenness, we know the beauty of being made whole by a Savior who holds this world. Let His love pour through you today.
Dear broken heart, entrust all that you are to your Savior. Only He can bind up your brokenness and make you whole.
& watch as He makes a beautiful story of your brokenness.