Shattered, but Not Destroyed
Written by: Rebekah Perryman
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We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
- 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
Shattered! You sit in your fragmented state, unsure of how to even begin to put the pieces back together. You pick up a broken bit only to be cut by its jagged edge. The wound reopens and the pain pierces so deeply you lose your breath.
The pain stops you from coming. Coming to the One you know heals. The pain tells you the lie that you’re too broken to be in His presence. Too broken to even cry out His name. The shattered pieces surrounding you act as a barrier to keep you in the brokenness, for it seems every step will only bring more hurt, more pain. A thought you can’t even entertain.
You sink into yourself, silence completing the scene of utter despair. And in the midst of the darkness, light breaks through...
Come, come to Me. Bring your brokenness, for I am close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). Come to me as you are and let Me rescue you!
I know you feel so broken, but let me bind up your pieces. Let Me shine through the cracks. Let Me in so the world can see how I make beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Come as you are, brokenness and all, and let me show you how you were made for so much more than this. You may be pressed on every side, but you are not crushed. You may be confused in your hurting, but you are not left in despair. You may be hunted down, but I have never left you, not once! You may be knocked down and sitting in the midst of shattered dreams, but you are not destroyed. I have you hemmed in. I have gone before you and I stand behind, protecting you on all sides (Psalm 139:5).
I got you, so come to Me! Come to Me just as you are, for I can do a lot with fragile clay jars.
1. What feels broken right now?
2. Have you given your brokenness over to God? Why or why not?
3. Do you really believe God can work through your broken pieces? Why or why not?
God, thank You for being a God who is near to the brokenhearted. Thank You for rescuing me from the brokenness of the world and for reminding me that I am made for so much more than to sit in the despair of my broken pieces. Bind me up, Lord, and make me whole in You. Show me how to give it all to You and let You shine through it all. I love You, Lord!
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