The power of brokenness
Our experiences, both good and bad, can either draw us to God or drive us away. It is our choice if we want to turn to our Saviour who has experienced every human emotion and seek His comfort and healing.
In every possible way Jesus “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin” (Heb. 4:15). Because He suffered, He understands our suffering and can comfort and heal. As much as Jesus healed physical infirmities, Jesus heals the tortured soul.
My friend in the moments when he relives all the fearful agonising flashbacks from a brutal regime has sought comfort in his Saviour. Today he writes:
Salve for a broken soul
In the depths of my despair,
When pain and sorrow overwhelm,
I seek refuge in the One who cares,
In the One who's at the helm.
Jesus, my solace in the night,
My anchor in the raging sea,
He brings a balm to ease the plight,
And soothes the hurt inside of me.
With tears that flow like gentle rain,
I cling to Him in fervent plea,
But often find that grief remains,
A bitter cup that will not flee.
Yet even in this dark abyss,
His presence comforts like a dove,
And whispers words of tenderness,
Of mercy, grace, and endless love.
Jesus is able to be such a Comforter for He Himself suffered, died and rose again. Here was a God who suffered with all who have ever suffered. His gift of salvation to us was personally costly to Him and He did that for my friend, and for you.
As we draw near to the Christian celebration of Easter, reflect on the power there is in brokenness. All of your brokenness Jesus put on Himself, and in the brokenness of Jesus on the cross we are forgiven, healed and set free. Jesus gave us hope because of His broken body for you.
“And when He (Jesus) had given thanks (for the bread), he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me” (I Cor. 11:24 KJV).
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