Our Brokenness – God’s Beginning…

God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever. Vance Havner

Meditation: Sometimes life leaves us raw and broken. It might be that our physical body is weakened, or our emotional or spiritual body is going through turmoil. I noticed that when I feel thin-skinned or when I feel broken, I develop more compassion toward others who go through times of brokenness. Though we feel at times that something in us is dying, often we are more broken open than we are being destroyed. Being broken open can sometimes mean receiving new strength or becoming able to give more of ourselves to others than ever before. Sometimes when we think we are dying, God is taking us to the next level. Sometimes after our body, mind or spirit shut down and say “enough”, we are experiencing the gift of new life. At the beginning of this New Year, let us embrace those times of brokenness as God preparing to do a new thing in our life.

Prayer: God, we pray for courage and a new perspective. Sometimes when we come to our “wit’s end”, it is just your beginning with us. When we think, life as we know is over, you take our endings and transform them in ways we could not imagine. We are amazed that our human brokenness is your opportunity. Speak to us in new ways and renew our body, mind and spirit within us. Amen

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer (wo)man is decaying, yet our inner (wo)man is being renewed day by day. 2. Corinthians 4:16