From Brokenness to Beautiful by Debbie Eaton
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)
On January 1,2014, God gave me a word: “Expectant.” I thought what a strange word. Little did I know on that winter day how God was preparing me for life changing events – job loss, family members who would become ill, spiritual grief and depression. God has been with me in the midst of the mess, brokenness and grief. Life is rarely as we wish; yet, our experiences and circumstances create a beautiful pathway of our ever-evolving story that will be used by God.
Expectant has moved to resilience.
Resilience is defined as “the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed or stretched; elasticity.”
Resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life’s difficulties. Instead, it gives us the strength to overcome adversity and move through the pain, grief and hurt.
God says, “I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3 (NLT)
Resilience leads us down the pathway of courage and perseverance, which provides the elasticity for:
|•||Wiggle room for the unexpected|
|•||Strength to battle anxiety, hurt, sadness, and grief|
|•||Ability to go from brokenness to beautiful|
Resilience gives us the ability to respond
God gives us a pathway through His Word, and the Holy Spirit will bend and direct us. God’s Word teaches, inspires and calls us to act. This is counter-intuitive to culture or our human nature. We have a choice of how we will respond. We cannot control others, and we cannot control how others will respond. What we can control is how we respond. So then, Romans 12 becomes the guide to our response.
|•||Fix your attention on God, so he can change you inside out.|
|•||Hold tightly to good|
|•||Rejoice in confident hope|
|•||Be patient in trouble and keep praying|
|•||Bless those who persecute you|
|•||Live in harmony|
|•||Never pay back evil with more evil|
|•||Never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.|
|•||Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.|
Our brokenness creates a unique beauty. It is our beautiful story – a story of real hope, real love and real mercy. Our story makes our faith real to people. Embrace the brokenness that creates beauty.