Broken into Beautiful

IMG_2240“…what counts is a new creation” (Galatians 6:15, NIV)

I am broken in so many ways
Yet in your love
You redeem every piece of my brokenness
Thank you Lord for turning my brokenness into beauty

This week has been one of reflection…..on the blessings in adversity. My son called to tell me he was headed to the gym. I thought to myself….hmm…I wonder what motivated his sudden change of attitude towards exercise. Then I remembered how at one time, I didn’t care too much for physical exercise. Actually there are many things I didn’t care for. However, life has a way of redirecting and helping us see clearly when we think we have it all together. Adversity…tough times…trials or whatever you choose to call it, is a great teacher. It is like a mirror; it forces us stop and take a second look at ourselves. Initially, I did not embrace it because I did not want to see or deal with all that it revealed….stressed out life, driven (superwoman), impatience, anger, bitterness, doubts, fears, bad habits and so on. The more I kicked against adversity, the more frustrated I became.

Thank God, my pity party did not last too long…because with God’s help I chose to embrace it. I chose to allow God to use my brokenness and trials to draw me closer to Him. Adversity sent me into the arms of Jesus and with acceptance I gained peace, and ability to make wise choices. It was then that I embraced physical exercise on a consistent basis. God used adversity to help clarify my priorities. Going for a run became a new passion. I now look forward to running as my quiet time with the Lord. Over time, my daughters joined me and now my son is doing the same. God used my trials to make me a better role model for my kids. He taught us to take care of our bodies, embrace self-control and discipline.

My whole family has benefited from hard times. We are doing better at managing stress and relating to one another. I have more time for reflection. I am learning to lean on God moment by moment for guidance. He has faithfully led me as I traveled through some rough roads. I am in love as I reflect on the new things he has brought out of my brokenness. I gained a better understanding of what it means to drink freely from the Fountain of Living Water. My heart is filled with gratitude as I reflect on my Savior, who embraced my brokenness and bound up my wounds.

God changes broken into beautiful!

What life situations are you facing today? Are you willing to let Him lead you through your trials?

He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3, NIV)


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