Blooming Through Brokenness

Over the summer, I spent a week at a cabin with a peaceful view of a gorgeous lake. And near the lake was a strong, beautiful tree with a hole in it. But the hole was a place where flowers were planted. There was life growing out of that hole. Beautiful life.

Encouragement for when life is hard and you feel broken #faith #brokenness #trustingGod

And it reminded me of our lives. When we are going through hard circumstances, or we feel like there’s a hole in our lives, God can grow beautiful things from it. A new strength. A new purpose. Eyes opened to a new world we hadn’t truly been privy to before. A new reliance on God that we hadn’t needed before.

Which then reminded me of Jeremiah 17:8. “But blessed is the (wo)man who trusts in the LORD, who has full confidence in Him. (S)He will be like a tree, planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; it’s leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and and never fails to bear fruit.”

No matter what you’re going through, stay rooted in God and His goodness and His never-ending love. Trust in Him. And be prepared to bloom in ways you never expected.

Made Beautiful in Our Brokenness

When we are going through hard or challenging situations, it is easy to question why God would allow such a thing to happen. We question if He really is a good God. We feel shattered and broken and beyond repair.

But that’s not true. We have a Potter (Jeremiah 18:6Isaiah 64:8) who can bring healing and beauty to our broken parts. Refine us, like gold tested in fire (Isaiah 48:10).

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

It’s not fun, going through trials. Being tested. Being refined. Feeling broken. But there will eventually emerge a beauty that only God can create from that brokenness.

Just like the Japanese art of Kintsugi.

Japanese broken bowl kintsukuroi

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We may have been a beautiful clay bowl before, but when the gold is infused into our broken places, well, there is a new beauty, a uniqueness that can be used for a purpose we may not yet see.

No matter what you’re going through, know that God has a plan and a purpose. That if we let Him, He will do something beautiful with your broken pieces. It doesn’t make the pain go away, but it does bring a sense of hope and purpose and trust that God is indeed good and He is not abandoning us. Nope, He’s refining us and beautifying us in ways we cannot see.

In what ways do you feel broken now? Or, how have you felt broken in the past and you now see the beauty from that brokenness?

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