Friday, April 24, 2015
On my walk this morning with Molly, we came across a butterfly on the ground that looked like it had a broken wing and was having trouble flying. It made me very sad to see and I contemplated about how many of us have those same broken wings. We used to fly, but lately have just become a broken mess. Sometimes it doesn't take much to break us in this life and when we are broken we feel alone and abandoned and have to ask if GOD is near.
Feeling alone doesn't have to be when we realize that GOD is close to the brokenhearted. Psalm 34:18 says: "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Abiding with HIM and gazing upon GOD'S goodness for HIS children is vital to a restoration of that very brokenness.
Isn't there a way that we can be broken together? Surrounding someone who is broken with love and compassion is not that difficult to do......prayers help, but what about just being WITH them? What about just listening and loving? Sharing in people's brokenness is living out what CHRIST did in HIS ministry. HE had a way of restoring any one's broken situation and no person who was in HIS presence ever left HIM the same way. They were healed and transformed. We have the ability as the Body of Christ to come alongside and lift each other up more than we realize.
When it comes to encouraging each other or loving on each other, never discount what you can do. Sometimes the simplest gesture can mean the most to someone. GOD has HIS way of using us on this earth to comfort and sustain......to show grace and mercy......and to love with an unconditional love.
When we are broken, we either want to run away or we try to stuff it thinking we are strong enough to withstand our circumstances. But without our GOD and the borrowed grace and hope from others, we will continue on that broken path for a very long time. You can't go it alone when you are broken and some people try to do this! When you ask someone, "how are you?" pay attention to the ones who say "fine." Are they really? I like to say then, "no really: how ARE you?"
Because HIS mercies are new each morning, we need to be still and wait. We can wait and expect someone to come to our aid, and eventually someone will. But the LORD is always there, always available to us in our brokenness. HIS comfort can be immediate, all we need to do is ask.
We are the Body of Christ, therefore, let us notice those who aren't or those who are suffering or broken. "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." This is where we can be broken together, love together and comfort those who are hurting......GOD doesn't ever ignore brokenness in HIS children, and neither should we.
PSALM 147:3 "HE heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."