Being or feeling broken is not a pleasant experience. Nobody wishes for it or willingly desires it. We don’t find pleasure in being broken.
Brokenness often, however, precedes something of value or great worth. Brokenness also allows God to work in us something greater- towards His purpose.
When a woman’s water breaks, soon thereafter a life follows.
In the Bible, here are 7 examples of things that break or Brokenness, where we see blessings follow:
1. When the woman with the alabaster jar came before Jesus, she had to break it open before she could pour it on His head.
2. When Jesus fed the five thousand, he gave thanks, then broke the bread so they could eat.
3. The ground needs to be broken (cleared/prepared) in order to receive water so that it can bear fruit.
4. Jacob, had to be stripped of self-sufficiency and become broken so that he clung to God in all his might till God blessed him.
5. Peter was broken after denying Jesus. It was this same Peter whom Jesus reinstated and encouraged, who then preached boldly and was mighty in the early church. He learned what it meant to totally depend on God.
6. Jesus, our Savior, the ultimate sacrifice, was broken so that we can live!
7. Sin brings death. Our hearts must, in response to God’s kindness, be broken in order for us to turn to God in repentance out of recognition of our need for Salvation
Once we are broken before God, He is able to shape us and mold us into what He wants us to be. We are clay and He is our Potter.
We have intrinsic value because we are created in the image of God. However, in our actions, we can hinder, slow or prevent God’s wonderful work in our lives by not submitting to Him as we should.
When we do choose to submit to God, no matter how much of a mess our lives can be in the moment, God can create something more beautiful than we can ever do so in our own attempt.
He is the master artist who is able to create something beautiful from something broken! Don’t despair. Instead, entrust your life to Him and then watch how He goes to work in creating something beautiful! 🙂