Broken but blessed

By ERIKA WRENCH
Posted 7/23/21

Recently, I asked my friend who has been going through the most difficult time in her life, “How was today?” She responded, “I am broken but blessed.”

Oh, how we can learn …

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Recently, I asked my friend who has been going through the most difficult time in her life, “How was today?” She responded, “I am broken but blessed.”

Oh, how we can learn from this response! We serve a sovereign God who allows things to occur in our life that we can’t possibly understand. Our breaking can be when we truly see that we are a broken people, but God uses the broken!

I will admit that this season has been incredibly hard for me as her friend. I want to always have a word to encourage her and to let her know how loved she is.

I don’t understand this. God’s word tells me “lean not on my own understanding ...” The Lord is my strength, my portion, my comfort, my Savior. I trust Him. She trusts Him.

The past year has been filled with trials and unexpected answers to prayers. I have learned yet another truth in the midst of this.

Today is precious. We are blessed because we have the opportunity to wake up and live it. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

I want to live each day well. All the small things that once felt so big no longer overwhelm me. The things that are most important have taken a place of priority. To live freely, forgiven, broken and loved is how I strive to live each day. I am thankful for God’s provision and his faithfulness. I see so many of the questions answered and healing in the midst of brokenness.

I know in time that my friend will heal. Her tears will turn to laughter and a smile will replace the tears.

It is my prayer for each of us that we would live today as if we weren’t going to see tomorrow, because that is not promised to us and that we let go of regret and shame. I pray that we would tell of our brokenness so that it would be a blessing to others.

As I read the Bible I see a trend. God uses the broken to be a blessing. It is through our brokenness that we shine the light of Jesus. Redeemed, chosen, loved, blessed ... that is what we are!

Read 2 Corinthians 4 paying close attention to verses 7-8.

Let us reach out our hand to a broken world. Let us lift up our voice to a world that tries to silence the name of Jesus and let us respond when asked how we are doing that we are indeed broken but

blessed.

Whatever today holds, you are not alone and whatever tomorrow holds, God is already there. God is in control. You are never too far that He can’t reach you or so lost that He can’t find you. He loves you and He wants to spend eternity with you. See John 14.

He went to the cross to prove this (John 3:16).

Do not doubt that He leaves the 99 to seek and save the one that is lost. (Matthew 18:12-14 and Luke 19:10)

Erika Wrench lives in Godwin. Reach her at naw819@yahoo.com.

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