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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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A Fractured Life Can Be Beautiful Again

broken things2Among my mother’s keepsakes, I found a yellowed and torn article that blessed me abundantly. Unfortunately, although the author is unknown, the message is still powerful.

     My daughter’s life reminds me of a beautiful vase that has been dropped and broken. When a broken vase is put back together properly, the cracks still show – like the scars in her life.

     At first a fractured vase must be handled carefully until it has mended properly. After it has mended, the cracks of the fracture become less and less visible.  With the aging of the vase, new lines appear and the fracture lines blend with the new lines – enhancing its beauty.

     To new people our daughter meets, the fractures in her life are not seen. They can’t believe they were ever there. To the prayer partners the lines of God’s grace and love in her life have created new lines that have built faith and hope in their lives.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats  breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Tea bowl fixed in the Kintsugi method

Tea bowl fixed in the Kintsugi method

I think the Japanese are onto something here! My broken cups and vases are quickly discarded; I see them as no longer perfect.

Do you find yourself striving for perfection? Are you ashamed  to let others see your scars? We all are broken by circumstances in our lives. The Lord knows this and His grace and His love has made a way for us to find perfection in Him.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”    (2 Corinthians 12:9a)

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for bringing restoration to the broken places in my life. You will perfect all that concerns me as I place my trust in you.

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