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When God Meets Your Brokenness…

When God Meets Your Brokenness…

Rev. Crystal March 31, 2016 0 comments
broken glass

Her hand stretched and reached for it before it hit the floor. Her facial expression dropped as you could see the temporary terror in her eyes. Without time to be caught, the glass fell to the ground, and separated into hundreds of tiny glass pieces. We have all heard this noise before at a restaurant, and we all have the same reaction. We look toward the noise, act as if we have never seen a glass or plate drop to the ground and break, and then we turn back around like nothing has ever happened.

This same occurrence happens in the lives of so many Christian churches, families, and individuals. Many times we are like a glass which has dropped to the ground and broken into many pieces. Our lives are made up of past hurts, festered wounds, and problems we have hidden under the surface for years. Like an iceberg, many times the problem we see is only part of the larger problem going on inside.

The sad reality is no matter how hard we try to cover up the brokenness it still exists. We can wear masks, live dual lives, try to fool the whole world into believing we are okay, but truth be known we need help. We never fool God, and most of the time we do not even ask for help because we do not recognize our brokenness.

We ignore God when we really need to cling to our savior, so that God can work through the brokenness to make us whole again.

Personally, I have struggled with brokenness. I have struggled with being a part of a broken family, which has created individual brokenness of many levels. For years I tried to hide the fact I was in pain. I never expressed the anger I felt toward the brokenness I had encountered. I never knew it was okay to be angry, that it was normal to feel rejected, and it was human nature to want to be made whole again. I felt guilt for being broken, but I did not know how to be healed. I thought I knew God, but I did not know God as my healer.

When a glass breaks it shreds into many pieces. These pieces can be very dangerous for all of those involved in the accident. Our lives, when broken and in pieces can be very dangerous. Our attitude, spirit, words, conduct, and behavior can be dangerous. When we hurt others hurt. In 1 Peter 5:7 we are instructed to cast our cares and anxiety upon God, because God cares for us. Sometimes we try to carry all of our hurts, because we do not know we can bring these concerns to the Lord. God is big enough for our anger. God is big enough for our doubt. God is big enough for our feelings.

You do not have to carry your hurts, because God carried them already on Calvary. In conclusion, I know the Lord wants to make us whole again. The funny thing about dropping a glass is if you pick up all the pieces and superglue it back together it never looks the same again.

When God heals us we are never the same again. When God heals us we become stronger, and more able to withstand the next raging storm. God wants to bring healing to us today, and wants to take what society has left in broken pieces and make it whole. God desires reconciliation and healing! God is able to take our broken pieces, and make a beautiful creation again. Why not give God a chance at your pain, hurt, confusion, stress, brokenness?

Romans 5:10-11, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (ESV)”

Copyright Crystal Schmalz 2010-2016

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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