Just like a vessel, you can fall and shatter or things can knock you down. Oh trust me I know how it sucks to feel like you have shattered and broken and made a mess of your life. I think we all feel that way, many of us several times a day even. One little thing goes wrong and you fall apart- one setback and you start questioning God and His perfect plan for you. Don’t feel bad about it, we all do it.
For me, I know when I feel the most broken is the hardest time for me to live my faith and I know that I am not alone. When I am weakest my first response should be to turn to God to be my strength- but more often than I would like to admit that is the last thing I do. I crawl further into despair and scrape six feet deeper into rock bottom than I need to because I want to be seen as strong and don’t want to have to trust someone else to come through for me- even when that someone is God. It’s sad that myself and I’m assuming many others have been so hurt by people they trusted in their lives that we struggle trusting God when we need to trust Him the most.
I’m sure you have heard of David and Goliath- God used the smallest, most insignificant man in the eyes of his peers and used David’s weakness to show how strong and mighty God is. We need to do that. We need fall, shatter, and break and let GOD pull us through. Not feel worthless and insecure because “we can’t do it ourselves” we need to trust God to take our broken and use it the way He intended. God doesn’t let us go through rough patches for us to pull through on our own- He is desperately reaching out to us in those difficult times to let us show the world Him. He intends to use our weaknesses to show how imperfect people coupled with a perfect God can conquer crazy odds.
2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 – But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, ad in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Instead of taking our shortcomings and insecurities and allowing them to swallow us whole, we need to celebrate them! Sounds weird, but really, we need to celebrate the fact that we are broken. Dance with joy because we are weak. Shout from the top of mountains that we are flawed. How cool would it be to really look at the pieces of yourself that lie shattered on the floor and thank God for them, for the beautiful mess that you are and let Him pick up the pieces and make you strong?
Father, thank you for the broken mess that I am. Thank you for growing me and preparing me to show Your strength through the shattered pieces of me. I praise You for You are the strength I need.
Take a minute. Thank God for everything that you aren’t. Thank Him for all the ways that you fall short. Allow Him to transform the way you see these things from insecurities to faith that He will cover all you think you are missing with the wholeness of Him.
If you need a song to help you thank Him and get in the mindset to do this, I recommend the following:
-“You Are My All in All” (I typically go for the Girls of Grace version from when I was a teen) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goDgujZWzsY