So you and I and we and us, some days we can feel all beaten up, bruised and used and then other days we can feel so unused unneeded and unnecessary. Isn’t that the truth? Both feelings so the same but yet, so at different ends of the spectrum yet very real and leave us feeling not important for this life. Ahh, but you are valuable. Remember beautiful you, that not one of those moments say who you are or define your character. Not one of those moments go unnoticed by our all-knowing, all present God and Creator, Our Ancient Of Days, who knows our end from our beginning. Yeah, not one of those ‘life’ moments catches Him off guard. Not even for a moment. He has them all. He holds them all tightly in battered, nail-scarred hands! Our Lord, Himself was beaten up, used up and still today many find Him useless and unnecessary as they go about their busy lives of searching for pie in the sky. Yeah, He was rejected, beaten, tortured, accused, and used up! But dear one, He didn’t let that stop Him. All of those moments were all part and parcel of the salvation plan and so He took that horrendous treatment all the way to the cross and gave it up for victory when He shed innocent blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the world; yours and mine and everyone in between. Yeah, that’s what He did and how he handled the sin problem! Giving in to the Father’s will was mandatory for the ultimate victory of our Lord. His victory over death and ruin, rejection and pain was culminated in his glorious resurrection and that resurrection power is our grace, our victory over all the unfair treatment, all the used up, beaten up moments of our lives ~ of our journey!! Don’t forget it! He’s been there! He’s got this for you!
So beaten, broken, bruised and beautiful you, say with Psalmist in Psalm 27: 1b, 3, 5b, 6, “The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?…Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked I will remain confident. He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.”
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So there’s a whole heap of us weary pilgrims, tired and frayed from the battles of the journey. It’s mind boggling isn’t it how simplicity becomes so complex and small becomes so monstrous and way over the top? Yeah, don’t we know it well? Those times when problems surpass any kind of peace, big time and issues drain us and take our focus from the Truth? So, we’re frayed, frazzled and undone, dumped up on the shoreline like a rotten pile of debris mixed with broken shells, dead fish and seaweed. No, it’s not a pretty sight nor is it a great day when trouble comes knocking and keeps knocking it’s nitty-gritty way, well into the days, weeks, and months of life. Where’s God when you need Him most? Why so silent God? Why no answers God? No confirmations and sometimes not even a promise to ease that tired, restless mind into some sort of peaceful ambiance?
Oh beautiful soul, you can know, He’s there, walkin’ it with you, feelin’ it for you, experiencing it just like you and He’s interceding to His Father just for you and I and we and us. Oh yeah, you can know it. All that brokenness, that shell of brokenness that lies on the shoreline! He’s got that and He’s keeping it in His care as He orchestrates the next perfect step, the next best move, the next wise thought, and the next beautiful repair. Your brokenness is in His care. Your fear is kept in His Trust and your worries? Yeah, they’re carried on His shoulders. So let them go!
The One Sovereign God, gave up His credentials to become like us. To walk among us. To feel the pain of sin and excruciating brokenness. Christ gave up His heavenly crown of royalty, to replace it with one of thorns. It is He who stretched His arms wide across the cross of death for a lost world and you and I and it is He who knows our pain from the inside out. He’s got this, whatever it is that’s got you completely undone. Search Him, Seek Him out! See Him in your broken spaces and broken places and heaps of washed out debris. He makes all things new and He fashions them from broken and nothing, and disappointment. That’s what he does. I love how He does it.
Say with the Psalmist in Psalm 63: 1 – 3, 7
“O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for you. My whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You….Because You are my helper, I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.”
So when you’re washed up on shore in a heap of debris and broken shell, and when there’s nothing left but empty, you’re still sitting in God’s grace ‘cuz His grace runs on empty! He gives something for nothing all the time and when we’re so undeserving of even that next breath, He makes it happen just because He’s God and just because He’s all about you. His love is lavish and His mercy extensive and it’s all over you in that heap of brokenness. So, when there’s no where to go….where to from here? A good choice is right into His arms of protection! Ask Him to fix it and guide you in your next thought, your next choice and your next step and know that’s it’s all ok ~ it’s alright to be empty and broken ‘cuz that’s where we can be repaired and refilled and recycled for His glory. You ~ broken, beautiful soul, are right where He wants you. So begin today to reprogram with the One who made you. Oh there might be loss in the healing and restoring process but growing closer to God through it all is our greater fortune! Rest for now in His healing presence and trust Him to fix it….
Job 42:10 “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.”
Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?
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So when it’s all cut and dried it just seems to be one big complicated mess of trouble and suddenly your wonderful world has taken a tumble into inside out and wrong side up. You don’t know what happened, it just did. Trouble knocked on your door and you didn’t even answer but it pushed it’s way like an uninvited guest coming in unannounced and now there you are, in the middle of turmoil and any thing but peace. So what do we do in complicated situations when circumstances are beyond our control and springboards for strife and tension in the workplace, the home, relationships, and hostile surroundings? What to do? Where to turn when the hope that you had yesterday crumbles at your feet leaving your beautiful soul shattered and broken? There is healing for that ~ just when you think nothing could ever help or any good could ever come the Psalmist gives us sweet, assurance in Psalm 147:3 – 4, 5, 7, 12, as he recalls God’s leading of his people out of exile and His restoration of Jerusalem, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension…..Sing out your thanks to the Lord…..Glorify the Lord O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!”
So when your world has been crushed ~ God restores ~ He really does! He restores the ruined. Breathes hope again into complicated situations and offers healing for that shattered and broken, beautiful soul. Dismiss yourself from the unwelcomed guest and get alone with God to sort it all out and lay it all out before Him. Step by step He’ll lead you through! Just trust Him for that today.
“Joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth. The sea and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever.” 146: 5, 6
Savor those words! Ponder them in your broken heart! Claim His promises! Psalm 146: 6 is a truth and a promise you can count on.