The God of the Brokenhearted

Why is this happening to me?  This is not what I had planned for my life.  This is not what I signed up for.  This is not where I thought I would be by now.  Castles crumbling all around me.  Teardrops falling relentlessly.  Cold hearts.  Cold glares.  Empty words.  Unfulfilled promises.  Brokenness everywhere I look.  Brokenness in them … and brokenness in me.  We are broken and we are brokenhearted.

We are brokenhearted because we possess broken hearts.  We have stepped out of God’s perfect design and into lives marred by sin.  Poor choices.  Wrong choices.  Hurtful choices.  Selfish choices.  And now what can we do?

We can make more choices.  Choices to mend what is broken.  Choices to ask for forgiveness.  Choices to offer forgiveness.  Choices to leave our lifestyles of sin.  We can choose to do more, be more, love more.  We can choose to live our imperfect lives with the perfect God, the God of the brokenhearted.

God sent Jesus to heal us from sin and reconcile us to Himself by His perfect sacrifice on the cross.  We can choose to believe that He did this for us and choose to ask Him to forgive us and save us.  The wounds that sin has left upon us can be healed, and our broken hearts can be made whole.

“He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.”

Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)

 

Text and photo by Francee Strain

 

 

 

 

 

Repurposed Lives

Repurposed lives are redirected lives. I would be going about life in one way (independently), at one pace (fast), in one manner (efficiently), with one aim and one goal, and suddenly, my life would get redirected. Sometimes this would happen because of my own doings and sometimes because of the world we live in, but this one particular time, it was because my health failed. My way, my pace, and my manner all had to change, and at first, I was not necessarily okay with that. Yet, after experiencing such heartbreak, shedding many tears, and releasing my hopes and dreams, I realized that my aim and my goal was the same: to live a life surrendered to God and to bring Him glory.

So the question was how exactly I was going to do that in a body that no longer worked correctly. Well, that is where the detective work came in. But even before I got around to detecting, I had to prepare my heart to be repurposed. I had to resurrender my life to God. I had to let my hopes and dreams die. I had to let go of who I thought I was, and who I thought I was going to be by a certain age in life. Essentially, I had to determine to let my vessel be used differently now—yet still allow it to be used. This meant not throwing a temper-tantrum, not falling into inconsolable depression, and not setting myself on the “antique collectible shelf” to gather dust and not be touched anymore.

Being repurposed means I take this vessel in the state that it is in and I allow it to be used in a fresh new way. When we give attention to a broken piece of furniture by giving it time, a new coat of paint, a new space to reside, and a new exposure to light, beauty comes forth. If I allow God to put new touches on my life with His timing and attention, allow Him to set me in a new space, and allow Him to put a new light on who I am, beauty is going to shine forth.

We all have skills, abilities, and talents that may need to be tapped, dusted off, and strengthened. In these bodies that do not work quite right, we have a new arena in which to create a beautiful display. We have a new arena in which to use the things with which we have been endowed. We just have to take the time and focus the attention, and then beauty is going to come forth.

God’s mercies are new every morning, and they can be new in you and through you. You can have a greater impact now than you ever had before—as you allow God to redirect you into a new avenue of purpose.*

©May 2017 by Francee Strain

*This article was written as a guest post for my dear friend Carole’s website.  Her website addresses the struggles of invisible disabilities and offers help and encouragement to those affected by such situations. You may visit her site at http://www.navigatingthestorms.com.