No shame in brokenness

You don’t always have to figure things out.
You don’t need to impress people.
You don’t need to have all the answers.
You don’t have to prove anything to anyone.
You don’t have to be so put together just to let people know you are whole.

I’ve seen and known people who are so inspiring even in their brokenness — actually, especially in their brokenness. The best written songs are often written in the worst of times. The sincerest messages are often heard in airports and hospitals. The best testimonies often come from people with not so good past. The most interesting stories sometimes come from people from broken families.

Believe it or not, we thrive in brokenness. It humbles us. It makes us trust the Lord all the more. It strips us of self-reliance. It makes us kneel and depend fully not on our own strength, talent, or skill, but on God alone. It reveals our true identity that we are to call upon the name of the Lord.

Our problem is we always want people to see us as strong and tough — needing nothing and no one. But breakthrough happens when we acknowledge that we are broken, sometimes life is messy, and we are in need of a Savior. We can’t have control over everything and that’s okay.

We are not to always see the end result of things — pain, suffering, messy relationships — not because God is being rude, but because He wants us to embrace the process and trust in His sovereignty.

It’s okay to be vulnerable before the Lord — hiding nothing, concealing nothing. He knows every part of you and there is absolutely no point in pretending you’re okay.

He was supreme in the beginning and — leading the resurrection parade — he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe — people and things, animals and atoms — get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross. (Colossians 1:18–20)

As far as God is concerned, nothing happens by accident. He causes all things to work together for our good. He is an all-powerful God and our job is to trust His heart — even when things are blurry or when it doesn’t make sense. He longs to have a relationship with you. He wants to be involve in every decision — whether big or small. He is never far away. He is closer than the very breath we breathe.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
 he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalm 34:18)

You are beautiful even in your brokenness. Never think for a moment that God can’t use you because of that. God loves broken people — He is close to them. He can still use you and maximize you.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

And lastly, remember that you are broken but not dead. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (See Corinthians 4:8–9)

God loves you and He will not leave you in that situation.

He cares for you.