Some of the most heart-wrenching tears of my children were cried in their toddler years after a toy would break. One was dropped accidentally, another cracked unexpectedly. Sometimes one was thrown in anger, only to shatter after hitting the floor or the wall. The worst was when brother or sister or friend would break it after a reluctant sharing of that special toy.
Crocodile tears. Sobs. I’d scoop them up, try to comfort them, “shhhhh, it’s okay,” I’d whisper while rocking them back and forth, their face in my neck or shoulder.
“But it’s broken, Mommy!” My heart would actually break with them. Even though it was just a toy, their loss and pain was mine too.
I was thinking about this today, praying a great deal about it lately. So so much brokenness around me.
Even inside of me, I struggle with my own brokenness. My neediness.
I know it sounds trite to some when they are walking in the thick of it. I know something of that myself. We can sometimes clench our teeth and plant our feet deep in an attitude of resistance to the Truth that would set us free. But it doesn’t change the Truth that it is in Jesus Christ that “all things hold together.” That He alone is the only sure foundation.
None of this means those broken dreams get put back together again. It means you can take what’s broken to Jesus and He will hold you together spiritually and provide you everything you need to survive and even thrive through the struggle.
Whatever is a mess in your life, in your heart…whatever is broken….I beg you to cry out to Jesus, let Him scoop you up and provide you with comfort and care and rest and strength. Lean into Him by way of His Word and prayer. Your loving Father cares and is faithful to provide you with a better life than you could’ve ever thought up on your own.
That broken thing is not your identity. Christ is.
Nothing’s ever too broken for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
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