Founders Note: Today on the blog we have one of are monthly contributors Jayda, she is sharing her heart on this month's theme Beauty in the Brokenness. You can find out more about Jayda and her blog on are about page.
This month’s topic could not have come at a better time for me. I’ve been reading through Job, which if you ask me, is the perfect example of beauty in brokenness.
If I were being completely honest, I would tell you that I don’t particularly enjoy the book of Job. It’s kind of depressing; I’m not someone who likes to dwell on pain and hardship, and Job is forty-two chapters of just that. Frankly, I don’t blame Job for being miserable. His wealth, his children, his health...all taken away from him. His skin is literally oozing (gross. So gross.), he’s withering away, and his wife and friends are the least caring and compassionate people you could possibly imagine. He cries out to God, but seems to be suspended in this painful, broken place for awhile. If ever there was a broken person, it’s Job.
One thing that stood out to me in the midst of Job’s suffering, is this little passage:
“Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork.” Job 14: 14-15 (NLT)
Job’s life at this moment is marked by brokenness. Sickness. Loss. Former friends deserting and doubting him. But through his brokenness, we see a glimmer of hope. An insinuation of good things to come. Not just for Job, although God does restore him and bless him immensely in the end, but for us. In Job’s brokenness, we see a tiny glimpse of Jesus.
This world is a broken place. We are broken people. The news is filled with stories of violence, war, famine, and disease. Every life at some point is marked by pain, uncertainty, loss, sickness, fear...we don’t have to look far to see brokenness. We don’t have to live long to be broken. But what we have available to us through Jesus is so much bigger than the pain and suffering of this world.
No matter how broken or afraid we are, we can have peace, joy, forgiveness, redemption. Unlike Job, we don’t have to wonder if this life is all we have. Despite our brokenness, we have hope.