It seems I’ve been bombarded by the difficulties of life these past few days. Friends struggling with illnesses, Christians turning against each other, children suffering through sexual abuse, and children being passed around through the foster care system, all seem to be on the forefront of battles within my own small piece of this world to which I dwell.
I have worried with concern about what is going on in other parts of the world. Although feeling sheltered and stowed away here in the middle of America, I still wonder if…when…the life that we know of might be taken off-course by the wavering pains of the world.
There are those moments when you say to God, “When is enough going to be enough?!?”
“How can we ever expect to fix a broken world when it is full of broken people?”
There are times when I wonder why in the world has the Lord not claimed His world back. “How many more children have to suffer at the hands of their abusers…their soul-drainers? How many more parents have to watch their babies…their own flesh-wrapped part of their hearts…lying in a sick-bed?”
“Lord, how many wars are too many before You intervene? And…why…why don’t You intervene?”
Even in my own fears of raising babes in this world, succumbing to the frailty of my own mortal coil, and witnessing again and again the vileness of abuse and neglect of God’s children, I still find myself in total awe at the moments when He declares Himself.
Even in those times when my heart is breaking, I know that in my sorrow I am drawn even closer to what breaks our Father’s heart. I know that when you, my friend, despair over the ways of this world and the battles of your own flesh, you are also despairing over what breaks our Father’s heart.
Lately, I’ve seen many statements that declare “Strong Is the New Skinny”.
Do you want to know what is really strong, my friend? Do you want to know what declares true strength?
In our most vulnerable moments when we cry out to God, put ourselves right in the center of someone else’s pain, or experience those times when we feel our own weaknesses, we are the strongest we have ever been.
The gift of brokenness is one that holds great beauty, courage, and strength.
- It is felt when you are whole in your faith in our Divine Father.
- It is witnessed when you sing songs of joy even though your body is failing.
- It is heard in your prayers for those who persecute you.
And, it is settled in your own broken heart…the one that causes your tears to flow for others, your actions to fill love in the spaces left empty, and your willpower to put one foot in front of the other for the good of another soul…another child of God.
This morning, I got up early, went to the gym to work-out, and saw the most beautiful sunrise on my way home. It was bright, colorful, and simply breath-taking.
I took a picture of it because it was worthy of being shared. I don’t know about you, but when I witness sunrises like this one this morning, I am profoundly humbled by the promise of our Lord.
I am inspired to keep going because day after day, the Lord continues to paint skies like the one is this picture.
Despite our frailty, weaknesses, selfish desires, and failures to love the way He does, God still shows up each day and declares Himself to the world.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10