I am about 100% sure that I did not come up with the catchphrase, “Beautifully Broken,” however, I can remember the first time I caught a glimpse of its truth entirely.
Almost 6 years ago, this summer, I found myself in the corrupt, yet beautiful, country of Haiti. I was ready for adventure and ready for God to move in ways I had never seen before. My sister had been living as a spiritual vagabond for a month before I had arrived, and I was looking forward to ministering alongside of her for about a week or so. One day I found myself deep in my devotional thoughts and began staring into the distance. I saw this beautiful mountain range far in the horizon and I remember thinking to myself, “it’s beautiful.”
I shifted my focus to the small area near by with tattered tarps and limited moving space in which they like to call, “tent city;” the poorest portion of the town. Many lost their homes to tsunami’s and had nowhere else to go; they found themselves using all their resources to start from scratch. Many lost loved ones and kids were left parentless.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
As I continued in deep thought I began to meditate on this specific phrase, I am broken yet God has made me beautiful. You see, my life has been anything but perfect. I am an imperfect person in need of a perfect God; without Him, I am just broken. He looked at me and said, “I want to make something out of this broken mess because I love her.”
Just like that “tent city,” I am broken and in need of something so much more, yet with so many broken pieces of my life, God is bringing them all together and crocheting a masterpiece that is so much more beautiful that I could never imagine.
“Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which you have broken rejoice."
I cling to this slogan of truth as I live my life fully surrendered to the Lord. Today, I find myself in the middle of Uganda in a small village in the North, surrounded by broken smiles and those desperate for hope and joy. My life is continually being renewed and restored each day. My brokenness is being transformed into a beautiful story used to tell the Gospel to so many other broken lives. He promises to do that much if we are willing. As I write here, you will find the brokenness of the life I live and those around me, and you will see the beauty of Christ within the cracked edges of an imperfect person. Will you walk with me through this journey that God has blessed me with?
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This is a beautiful story. In prayer and supplication to the Lord, we will work with you until the Will of God is done through you. May God bless and remember you abundantly for this choice you have made. You’re loved and wonderfully crafted for the glory of God.
Praise the Lord for your encouragement and work with me! I pray that you would be blessed in the Lord and the work of your ministry.