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Unfixable in This Life

I can still hear the unwelcome words of my orthopedist, “Shattered beyond repair,” “But you’re a doctor – isn’t it your job to fix these broken bones?” I protested. “Surgery can fuse your bones together, but you will have to adapt to the way you walk.” At the time, I could not have imagined the ramification of what that would mean.

The year was 1978 when I first learned the truth – not all things will be fixable in this life. Some are physical, some emotional and others spiritual. But, here’s another truth; He is reaching out His hand to show us the way to victory.

Maybe we need to adapt our expectations and lean on God’s grace to help us through the unfixables in this life. We need to trust Him. We need to know He loves us no matter what happens in our lives.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.                                                                            Philippians 4:13

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.                                                              Romans 8:28

If God is for us, who can be against us?  Romans 8:31b

Orthopedic issues and challenges will most likely follow me the rest of my days on earth, but not for eternity. Heaven is my real home, my forever home. Jesus is waiting there for me. There will be no walkers or canes, and I will be able to walk, run, and dance in His presence. At last, what a glorious existence it will be!

Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Psalm 51:8  

Steady perseverance brings healing and establishes my purpose in Jesus’ plan for my life. Despite difficulties and disappointments, I know I will not lose heart as long as I fix my eyes on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-2 is a favorite Scripture of mine. Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

We live with brokenness and blessings, challenges and victories, sorrow and joy. They are all intertwined together. Allow the Lord to remove the strands of brokenness and sorrow from your life, and the blessings and joy will remain.

 

Thank you, Lord, that our afflictions are light and only for a time from the perspective of eternity.  

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Is Your Brokenness Showing?

broken heartHer beautiful smile and warm countenance caused me to stop and offer a holiday blessing. She struggled to maneuver the motorized shopping cart through the aisles of the store. Her brokenness was showing, but her spirit was joyfully whole. In the eyes of God, she accepted her weakness and allowed His strength to manifest in her life.

We live with brokenness and blessings, challenges and victories, sorrow and joy. They are intertwined together. Allow the Lord to remove the strands of brokenness and sorrow from your life and the blessings and joy will remain. The challenge is to give God all your broken pieces to receive the victory. “For the battle is the Lord’s…” 1 Samuel 17:47

Some of us lock our broken heart inside walls of sorrow. We vow we won’t let anyone or anything hurt us again. We develop a hard heart. Our brokenness is hidden. Scripture compares a hardened heart to a rebellious heart. “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

Some of us (like myself) show our brokenness to the world. I walk with a limp; I can’t hide it. My cane provides extra stability and I am grateful for the security it brings. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.” Psalm 28:7

Some of us look broken from the weariness of fighting life’s battles. We hang our head in hopelessness. We question the Lord’s love and faithfulness to deliver us from our circumstances. “Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

Healing is possible. There is rest and freedom in yielding a broken, contrite heart to broken heart - Ps 34-18be molded by the hand of God. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord that we can trust you with our broken places. You fill our wounded hearts with peace and hope.

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A Quiet Refuge of Compassion

Be kind and compassionateA kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal – Steve Maraboli

“Alone in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge, I lay in a cocoon of plaster, restraining my body in the hope of repairing my shattered bones. My hospital room was a quiet refuge from the physical and emotional trauma I had suffered at the hands of a rival biker m16gang. I was a victim in a violent gang war, enduring intense pain after being shot in my left arm and right leg with M-16 rifles.”

cover_art_Chicken Soup*Except from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

A Quiet Refuge is my story of the life-giving support that I experienced from the comforting hands and benevolent heart of an incredible nurse named Reni. Thirty-eight years later and thousands of miles apart, I am still so grateful for her many acts of kindness. She taught me that compassion towards others can restore hope and give strength to the weak. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we formed a bond of friendship that continues to this day.

During the time of my suffering in the hospital, consumed with shame and condemnation, I felt abandoned and unloved. Reni’s compassionate acts proved to be a reminder of God’s love for me. Her selfless actions demonstrated her strong desire to alleviate my suffering. And isn’t that at the heart of compassion…the essence of feeling another’s pain, while easing their hurt.

The Lord calls us to compassion – Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your heart of compassion. May we be sensitive to share the hope and encouragement that your love brings to others in need.

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Scars are Tattoos with Better Stories

Scars - tattoosTattoos often showcase a remembrance of an event, a memorial to a loved one, a rite of passage, or a form of self expression. Some are inked to create beautiful artwork.

Sex-traffickers often brand their victims with the trafficker’s name or a bar code. This serves as a sign of ownership. If they run away, they can be identified and sent back to their “owner.”

Gang members use tattoos as patches declaring their loyalty to their club. Women often have property patches tattooed on them identifying their allegiance to one gang member.

the-scars-we-choose What if a tattoo turns out to be a mistake and a scar has formed on the skin? The ink is permanent. Tattoo remorse can be altered with expensive cover-up designs or tedious and painful laser treatment.

Like scars, tattoos will fade over time, but will still be visible. Often they are a permanent reminder of a  painful past. Scarring shows wounds that are repaired. Scars represent a closed wound; tokens that remind us of the suffering we overcame; the physical hurt and pain is over.

Lion scars

Jesus  knows the pain and sorrow you are feeling. Because He is called a Man of Sorrows, He can empathize with you and share in your pain.

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3a – NKJV)

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24 – NJKV)

Tattoos may be reminders of where you have been, but scars are evidence that you are stronger than whatever tried to harm you!

Pray-ButtonLord, Thank you for the hope and healing we have in you. You came to heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds.

 

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