Thursday, August 1, 2013

Beautifully Broken

By Morgann Green
Sometimes I buy into the lie that because I am a Christian, my life shouldn’t be messy.
Ladies, I am going to invite you, for a just a few brief moments to take your masks off.  I am going to invite you into a room where bodies aren’t the ones you see in magazines, where make-up isn’t perfect, where clothes are raggedy and worn.  I am going to invite you into a room where burdens are heavy, where life situations aren’t peachy keen and where people have stories to tell that may not be easy to listen to.  This room?  This room is called life.  Hold my hand, walk on in and take a seat.  Don’t be afraid, don’t be dismayed.  For the Lord your God is with you where you go.

The Lord your God is here.

So often we show off the parts of us that are pretty.  Like the little girl who twirls in the mirror and admires here sparkly princess dress while ignoring her bed head, we dance through life placing as much attention on the glamorous parts of our life while ignoring the tattered and worn places.  We have this desire to show others—to show ourselves—that we really are worth something.  Consequently, we have bought into the lie that if the broken places are revealed, our cover is blown, we are exposed and we lose value.

The Lord your God is here.

Girls, the Lord is as much in the pretty places of our lives as he is in the broken places.  Actually, let me rephrase that…the Lord is more in the broken places than he is in the pretty places.  

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Christ’s power is made perfect in our weakness.  God shows up in the places where we have worn thin; where our humanity is exposed, his divinity is brought to light.  

The Lord your God is here.

Maybe you’re like me.  Maybe your home is not perfectly kept.  Maybe you are dealing with some tough relationships and you need wisdom that only Christ can give.  Maybe you find yourself in a dark place in life where there seems to be no hope.  Maybe you are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Maybe you are recovering from addiction.  Maybe you are scarred by abuse.  Maybe life just isn’t so simple anymore.

The Lord your God is here.

He is with you as you clean up after your family for the eleventh time this afternoon.  He is with you when you are on your knees pleading for a relationship to be made right again.  He is with you as you cry tears that no one has seen.  He is with you when your heart aches to hold their hand again.  He is with you when the chains of addiction threaten to take their hold.  He is with you when the memories of the past flood your mind with things you would rather not remember.  He is here.

As someone whose life is a little bit messy, unorganized and sometimes chaotic, can I encourage you to live in the here-ness of Christ himself.  Invite Christ into every part of your life.  Ask him for wisdom in how to handle ugly situations, ask him for grace to extend to others, ask him for help when you are carrying burdens alone.  His yoke is easy and his burden is light.  He will gladly take the load off your back and carry it on his.  In fact, he already did 2,000 years ago.  Don’t cheapen the work that Christ did on your behalf by carrying a load that isn’t yours to carry.  Let him do that.  It is his joy.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Sister, you are loved and cherished—in the mess, in the filth, in the ugly.  Right now.  You are loved.  Lay yourself before the foot of the cross and let the love of Christ pour over you.  Let him mend the brokenness, get rid of the parts that don’t belong and speak identity into the mess.  He will if you let him.

The Lord your God is here.

Heavenly Father, You are so good and you are so kind to us.  You love us in our brokenness and in our mess.  You desire that we run to you with hearts wide open in hopeful expectation that you can work miracles in our lives.  So now, we come to you and ask that you change us.  Lord, hold us close, comfort us as only you can comfort.  Cradle our hearts.  Father in the mess, in the trial, in the change, make us more like you.  We love you, Lord. 

Amen.

Morgann Green is 21 years old and lives in Seattle, WA.  She loves to go for walks, hymns, camping, and hiking.  Morgann works as a full-time faith-supported missionary for Youth Missions International.  She is engaged to a wonderful man and they are getting married on August 10, 2013.

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