So many times, and in so many ways, my life life has been shattered into countless pieces. It happens to everyone at some point. When it happens, and you are just staring in shock at what is left of your heart, your life, your family, your body or whatever the case may be, it is really hard to imagine how to move forward. The definition of your life has just changed. Your dreams have just been crushed. It’s lonely and frightening. The only thing that you can possibly hold onto is something immovable. Something that has, somehow, made it through the storm intact and that can be counted on. There is nothing that truly fits that description, but there is one person who does. His name is Jesus.
Jesus will hold you through the storm, and when everything settles, even if there there is nothing left except pieces, He will be there. He cares even more than you do about every single piece, but what He knows, and you may not, is that He holds all your pieces and always has. He won’t put things back together exactly as they were before. That is by design. Your life will never be the same. Your future will most likely go in a different direction, but as you rest in the God of peace, the pieces take shape and in His hands the new is even better than the old.
Here is what I’ve learned:
1. Mourning is essential. Get good at it and do it as often as necessary.
2. The future does not belong to us. Though we mourn what might have been, it was never ours, and it isn’t owed to us.
3. Brokenness is a good thing. God is near to the brokenhearted.
4. God can use and pour through broken vessels submitted to and set apart for Him. They are the vessels of honor.
2 Timothy 2:20-21
“…he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”