We’ve all experienced brokenness, one way or another. Life has a way of getting the best of us, at least sometimes. Some of us, like myself, deal with anxiety disorders that can make life excruciatingly painful in the darkest moments. Others face the monsters of depression, divorce, broken relationships, failed career aspirations, mid-life crises, and the like.
But you’re not alone and there’s hope.
I don’t say this in a trivial manner or with indifference to how alone you may feel. I’ve been there myself, many times, calling out for God to make everything right in the ideal world that I’ve imagined. But He hasn’t always answered the way I wanted Him to, resetting my brain chemistry, fixing some of the negative thoughts I carry around, and sending someone to comfort me when I hit rock-bottom…However, I genuinely believe that God is, somehow, there in the midst of all the wreckage, wanting to hold us, to comfort us, and to remind us that He believes in the person we can become if we will trust Him with our future.
In the Scriptures, we are reminded that when we become followers of Jesus that we are no longer alone and that God is not fuming with rage from heaven against our every failing. Rather, we are encouraged with the reminder that God is our Abba, which means “daddy” or “father”.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.”
– Romans 8:15
You may not believe in Jesus or even believe in God at all. In fact, many people believe that the concept of a “god” is only a crutch used by the weak links – the less evolved, the broken, the losers, the failures – as a means to exist and survive the turmoils of life. God sees things differently. As the Scriptures say:
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
God loves you. God has a future for you. As simple as it sounds, its the truth.
Brokenness is not something to celebrate. It’s the encounters with our Father where the true celebration begins. It’s the moments where we’re at our end and He’s just at the beginning of something new.
As a diehard U2 fan, I have been relishing the newest album called “Songs of Innocence” that they recently released for free in partnership with Apple. In one of the songs called “Song For Someone”, Bono goes on to share his own struggle:
“And I’m a long way
From your hill on Calvary
And I’m a long way
From where I was, where I need to be”
- U2, “Song For Someone”, taken from azlyrics.com
No one is immune to brokenness. What we have that cannot be touched is the love of the Father.
Have you had an encounter with God in the depths of your darkest moments?
In what way did He speak to you?
If you feel that God is far off from you, I’d love to hear from you too. But I hope I can encourage you with this: your feelings do not dictate God’s proximity or His love for you. Our feelings are fleeting. God is eternal.