There are seasons when we will endure weeping…seasons that bring great breaking. And really, who wants to be broken?? It is hard, undesirable, and hurts deeply!! Often, we run from it! As far away as we can. We avoid it by all means. We pretend we don’t see it, because it appears ugly, even scary.
But there is another way to look at brokenness…like in the taming of a wild animal, such as a horse. An undomesticated horse can pose a threat. It can be dangerous and uncontrollable. It whips its head and snarls. In every way the horse can seem possessed or in distress. But once it’s broken, the horse is regal… a portrait of grace and beauty; strength and power.
Just as there is beauty in the horse that has been tamed, there is something uniquely desirable in a person who has been broken by the hand of the Lord.
Elisabeth Elliot said that when Jesus took the lunch of a little boy, He blessed it, broke it, and fed multitudes. God does the miraculous when we are broken! We become nourishment to others and are nourished ourselves.
Why? Because it creates dependency. Wholeness is restored as we connect with the True Vine. Fruit abounds. We’re given a confidence to boldly approach the “throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” Hebrews 4:16. And probably the greatest effect of brokenness is that it creates an attitude of the heart which yields. It gives way to the Master…the One who administers the whipping, the wounding, the pain. The broken heart submits.
So, back to the verse we started with…”weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” That is the beauty in brokenness. It is but for a season, and it yields great joy. It gives glory to the Lord and it nourishes lives. Take heart all ye broken! For there is joy yet to come!
After writing this post, I felt like I should be more vulnerable and wrote up a personal account. If you want to read it, click on this link :: Part 2: A Personalized Version of Brokenness Resulting in Joy