Brokenness becomes a relentless dream in reality. In a deep sense of loss with a drive to succeed, a contradiction in many ways, brokenness leads to soul-searching. When you’re at the end of your rope, when you have “hit rock bottom” many will say, that is when you realize your faith in God.
The Bible teaches us to rely on God. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” A simple message with profound insight, yet in our brokenness we are left with deep wounds. Gushing wounds of profound pain over loss, in grief we find our brokenness.
For Jesus did not come to heal the healthy, he came to heal the sick. A person doesn’t go to a doctor unless he is sick. In the same way, until we are really broken, we may not rely on God’s faithfulness.
When brokenness hits close to home through loss of any kind, it becomes personal. No longer are we worried about the future of our nation, we are worried about our personal survival. Can I find a job? How will I pay the bills, feed my family? These questions plague the millions of unemployed. Brokenness in a world trying to survive, frustrated by the economy woes, brokenness in families, and brokenness in our government leaves people feeling hopeless.
A sudden change in life creates an insurmountable amount of pressure. Loss of job combined with a loss of a loved one, and a life-threatening illness creates anxiety. More stress to an already over-burdened mind, increases the brokenness of heart.
Depression is found in many people trying to deal with life’s unexpected changes. For as many wounded hearts, there are people who turn away from those depressed. Rejection is felt which further escalates the depression. In an unintentional way, people turn away, by staying away, from the disheartened. They don’t call, their lives are too busy. They forget about those who need help because many won’t ask for it. Friends, who were once by your side, are now too busy to call. This back-slide journey into brokenness only furthers the depression leading to suicidal thoughts. A person feels isolated, rejected, and ultimately broken.
What can a person do to survive in this vast amount of brokenness? To make any sense out of it, we pray to God to help us.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17
The only path that leads to light is God. Luis Palau once said “Have you stopped seeing great things happen in your life? Perhaps you have stopped believing that God can work in a mighty way even in our generation.”
The Bible teaches us to seek His wisdom. “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding” – Proverbs 3:13
For His way will teach you how to survive. His words are built upon an ever-lasting truth. In the deep-sea of sadness, one can look to the Father who understands pain.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-29
It’s when we are broken when we realize that God was all we needed all along. It’s not an easy place to be in. It feels as if one’s head is spinning at times, but God knows what He’s doing even when we see no way out. Thanks for this post. I loved it and can relate to it on a personal level 🙂
You are so right Ula. Sometimes all we want is to escape from our pain.. We can’t get past it far enough to see the ultimate purpose before us. When we feel a sense of reprieve, or a small light shines in the dark, then we have hope. Then we see that God has been with us all along. Thanks for commenting. 🙂