We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in. ~ Ernest Hemingway
All you have to do is look around, watch the news, listen to the experience of others and it doesn’t take long to realize…We live in a broken world. Cultures, relationships, lives…broken.
The misguiding of our psyche starts early. Cinderella is counting on her fairy godmother and the handsome prince to save her from a life of poverty and abuse. Sleeping Beauty is dependent on Prince Charming to rescue her from the eternal slumber caused by an evil fairy and Christian needs Anastasia to rescue him from a destructive lifestyle. All of which live “happily ever after” as all their problems dissolve into a great cosmic abyss. Romantic isn’t it? Just makes a persons heart swoon.
In real life, however, it is this type of propaganda that causes relationships to dissolve, marriages to fail and Christianity to become stagnant. We are broken and there is no easy fix. There is no magical solution. We are destined to sadness when we base our happiness on on another human being. We are destined to disappointment when we place our expectations on someone else. And we will be crushed when our happily ever after turns into drudgery.
It is unfair, unwise, and unscriptural to place the responsibility for ones happiness, contentment, fulfillment and purpose on the shoulders of another. While it is true portions of these needs can indeed be achieved through love and companionship, they will never reach completion. And it is in the realization of this lack of completion that the light can shine through…God’s glorious light. I believe that’s how and why we are designed.
The undiminished radiance, which is the result of abundant joy, is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can change. And the experiences of life, whether they are everyday events or terrifying ones, are powerless to “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). ~ Oswald Chambers
There’s a song by Casting Crowns called Broken Together..
Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together
On this side of eternity, there are some things which will never be completely healed, however through the grace of God, they need not devour our life, deflect our peace or destroy our joy. God is waiting, with tears in His eyes, outstretched arms and open hands for us to surrender the pain instead of clinging to it like a precious gem and to release our brokenness instead of wearing it like a badge of honor.
What do we get in exchange? A deal that’s too good to pass up!
Philippians 4:7(ESV) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Remember… “That’s how the light gets in.”