If you've ever heard a group of people share their testimonies, a lot of them have a common thread: brokenness. A lot of now believers had to come to a very low point in their lives before they had their breaking moment of calling out to Jesus.
Have you ever wondered why that is? Why is it that so many of us have to hit rock bottom before we'll realize our infinite need for a Savior? I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know that in my darkest moments, I've seen the Lord hand out grace and turn brokenness into beauty.
We all tend to grow the most when we are at our weakest. When things are great, there's no need to improve. So maybe that's why we always cleave towards the Lord in our weakness. What does the Bible say about weakness and suffering?
"More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
So what does beauty in the brokenness mean?
It's being vulnerable and showing weakness to the Lord and to your community.
It's letting God break you down, to build you back up.
It's humbling yourself, making yourself less, to gain MORE in Christ.
It's taking on a servant's role for the glory of the Kingdom.
There are so many things in our faith walk that, to the outside world, look broken. Pain, sickness, death, persecution, racism, you name it, our world unfortunately has it. It's a tough question when people look at you and ask, why? Why do good things happen to bad people?
I don't have the answer y'all, but I have seen the Lord work in those bad, evil and horrific situations so many times. I know that He is in the business of turning brokenness into beauty. Of turning evil into His glory. I know that when we cling to Him, in good times and bad, we are rewarded eternally. I pray that you'll allow Him to come in and turn your brokenness into beauty and glory for Him!
How has the Lord turned your brokenness into beauty?