Jen Clements, GFC Lutz
As I write this blog, I’m walking through a season of grief and in my brokenness, I’ve wondered what God would have me pen to encourage a group of women. I don’t even want to feel my own brokenness so why share it with you? Well, that’s what I have today: brokenness and glimmers of hope for better days through the word of God. Maybe this blog is for one in a million so today if you’re broken too, this is for us.
In the midst of despair, pain, sorrow, and disappointment, I’ve had to come to the conclusion that these emotions are part of the human experience and condition allowed by our heavenly Father so I won’t reject them. I’ve discovered that when I reject these emotions that the enemy causes me to believe that I’m a heavenly disappointment and that’s a lie, I’m actively choosing to reject that lie at every turn. The truth is I’m battling so many other feelings that also being a disappointment to my Savior is too heavy—-sorry Satan, I’m giving that lie right back to you. We’re allowed to cry because Jesus wept. We’re allowed to be sad because Jesus was sometimes saddened and I can feel disappointment because Jesus was sometimes dismayed.
My battle today is acknowledging that I can feel all these things but know I can’t stay here. How do I transition? You may be like me and wondering, God, when? When do I get to stop being sad? When do I get to stop crying? I don’t have the answer but there are a few things that reign true and it’s His truth that I must hold onto:
- He is near to the brokenhearted and because of this, I know He’s never been closer to me than He is today (Psalms 34:18).
- When I’m brave enough to give him my pain and sorrow, even if for moments, I receive increments of rest (Matthew 11:28).
- There will be a point when I’ll be strong enough to give it all to Him and experience His unending peace.
- There are moments when I feel broken beyond repair but because I’m still here, I know there’s hope and He will restore me (Psalm 147:3).
Today your offering may be like David’s broken spirit or you may have a contrite heart and that’s okay. You and I need to know that He won’t reject it (Psalms 51:17). It is in our weakness that He is made strong and I need my strong God, my God that heals and comforts my aching soul.
My sister, whatever you’re walking through, HOLD ON. He is with us!