Have you ever thought about the really awful stuff many people go through and you see how they survive either amazingly well, or they really battle to overcome? I have often wondered how I would react in those situations.
I have gone through a few storms.... They may not be storms that on a scale of 1 to 10 rate very high, although they certainly are not minor storms, and they are not storms where I have been physically hurt or have suffered physically. They have been storms that have done great damage to my heart, my dreams, my expectations, my soul.... I have not anticipated or expected these storms (who does right?!).
This morning I was driving to fetch someone and listening to my Christian music and I just felt this overwhelming sense of being broken and fractured inside! In my mind I saw a shattered plate that had been glued together and although it looked complete and whole, one could not put much pressure on it or it would break again....
I felt sad...
I wanted to cry....
But then these thoughts came to mind,
- "I can work with the broken-hearted" and
- "My strength is made perfect in your weakness"
- "I am your strength"
By the time I had collected my passenger and got home, I already felt encouraged and I felt the Lord was saying to me, "Live life to the fullest, IN ME!
Life can only be lived to its fullest, with healing and restoration, in Christ! There is no other way! No medicine, no counselling, no worldly solution will give you complete peace. And the thing about the peace that Christ offers is that you can live in this peace no matter your circumstance or level of brokenness.
Ps 37 v 4: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Matt 6 v 34: Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
John 10 v 10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Phil 4 v 13: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
2 Tim 1 v 7: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
To live life to the fullest, is to trust God on His word and know that however fractured your heart, He is our strength and our refuge, our strong tower, our strength in our weakness! It is His spirit in us that allows us to be gracious and merciful when we feel we just do not have the strength to give of ourselves. He carries us, He is our everlasting glue, that holds our fractured lives together, He is our Rock! He heals us inside and out!
#wisdom - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?
I believe the Lord is showing me He is aware of the condition of my heart and that He is my strength and my glue to hold me together until I have overcome. He also says that He is able to do a great work in us when we are broken because pride is not present and He can touch our lives more completely in our humility.