He holds the brokenness

July 13, 2010 at 4:04 am 1 comment

Paul prays in Ephesians 3:17-19 that “you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.” 

I think it takes time for us to be able to comprehend such things: to be even able to understand how vast God is; how much we don’t know of Him.  And perhaps all our attempts to shrink God, all our creations of false images of God that make Him more manageable is an automatic response to try to grasp Him with our finite minds, and to gain control over what we sense (rightly so) is uncontrollable.  I’m not saying that response is right – it is absolutely wrong – but it was merely an observation.

Anyway.  That was a bit of a tangent.

But I think, over time, God has been opening my mind and allowing me to comprehend more and more of Who He is and the depth of His love for me.  I will never be able to fully understand, but it is enough to simply be able to see an ever-widening picture of Him.

I’ve been learning recently of His goodness.  And love.  And the fact that He is for me, not against me; He understands the struggles of this life, and He helps.  He carries my burdens.  He carries me.

And this is why I trust Him; this is why I love Him.

Because He has already sacrificed Himself to give me the greatest gift of eternity, and joy forever. 

He promises that the now is temporary, even though it is the only thing my mortal eyes can see clearly.  He’s let me in on the Divine Secret: that my life, here and now – with all the joys and pains and struggles and ordinary-ness – is just the title page, the prelude.  I haven’t even started singing yet.  And the ending – the never-ending ending! – that He has in store for me is far happier, more joyous and perfect that anything I can imagine.  It’s a promise for a real happy-ever-after.

I don’t know what is in store for my life; I don’t know what pain or trials I will be asked to bear.  But I do know how my story ends.  (After all, Cinderella still had to deal with the cinders, and Belle had to be locked up in a castle first…)

Until then, my God has promised to hold me in my brokenness, to even use such a glorious ruin (I love that idea, and it’s not mine – credit for that phrase goes to Paula Rinehart) as I for His kingdom.  He knows the world is broken; He knows I am broken.  And He weeps with me.  But He promises to always be with me, by my side.  I am always in His hands.  And He carries me, He is restoring me, and He holds my brokenness until the day when everything will be made new; it will finally be right and gloriously perfect.

And this is why I love Him.  Because He’s ransomed me, and He promises to one day make every thing right.  And until then, He loves me and holds me in my brokenness.


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