Beauty in Our Brokenness

By Kendra Clarke

Let’s be honest. No one wants to experience brokenness in their life. The only thing we really care to know as we are going through it, is when it will end. If we were told in the beginning exactly what being broken would entail, no one would volunteer to take one for the team. From where we stand, it is cruel and unusual punishment and nothing could possibly be salvageable in our darkest moments. Furthermore, if “brokenness” was the red pill and “life as usual” was the blue pill, we would all take our blue pill and be on our way.

The True Purpose of Our Brokenness

Trials are a necessary part of life meant to teach you important lessons along your life’s journey. God has a purpose for everything He does or allows, yes even your brokenness. It’s difficult to fathom the purpose that brokenness would have in your life, but in Isaiah 55:8, God says,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”

God uses your brokenness for His purpose out of His love for you; however, He doesn’t intend it to harm you. He only wants to grow you up, to perfect you and prosper you on the path He has specifically mapped out for you. 2 Corinthians 4:8 tells us that,

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”

Only God knows why He allows specific trials to be sent your way, but you are assured in Jeremiah 29:11 that,

“He knows the plans he has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Your path will never be a direct route free of obstacles or pitfalls, nor will the path of brokenness be a once in a lifetime occurrence. It is a continual process meant to re-align your flesh with God’s ultimate plan and His will for your life. In your brokenness, you are to surrender your self-will and your desire to control every aspect of your life according to your intended design, and begin to see the bigger picture which is God’s perfect plan. It is so difficult not to want to micromanage God, but trust, the Master needs no help. You need only to,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

When your back is against a wall, it is to nail your flesh, your pride and arrogance, your self-reliance and belief in your own power and might, to the cross. Your brokenness reveals to you your flaws and shortcomings showing you just how spiritually inept and in need of Jesus you really are. This will in turn, teach you humility and stir up the desire to draw closer to the Father. No matter what you are going through, be encouraged as Hebrews 5:8 says that,

“Even Jesus, the Son of God, learned obedience from the things he suffered.”

We All We Go Through It

Just as we live, we all will go through tough times. You should embrace each moment recognizing that God has allowed them to happen for a reason and that the only way you can be tested and perfected is to go through the pruning process called “brokenness”. The time to train and prepare for war isn’t on the eve of or during the heat of battle, but during those times of peace as that is where you put in the real work and sacrifice. The pruning process is always a grueling and uncomfortable one, but over time, a beautiful masterpiece is revealed. So in the meantime,

“Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).

Nothing is Wasted with God

When you break or shatter something into pieces, your natural instinct is to throw it away or disregard it as it is no longer of any use to you. You sweep up the pieces and throw them away like they never were. No one would sit there and try to glue each individual piece back together again, would they? It would be time-consuming and un-necessary especially since you could always replace the item with another one. In addition, there is no guarantee that the pieced together item would be viable for its intended purpose. But thankfully, we serve a God that uses everything; nothing is wasted. Only He can put together the broken pieces of your life and see the beauty in you even through your cracks and imperfections. Only He can salvage good from a terrible situation because He uses both the good and the bad times to grow you up, to perfect you and to build your faith and character.

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