On Being Broken

In order for something to be fixed, it must first be broken.

The same truth is true of our lives. I'm learning more and more, that all of life will be a continuation of being broken. But at the same time, it will be a continuation of being fixed.

At first, being broken feels like death, and in some sense, it is. The death, or breaking, of something. And then life goes back to "normal," with that brokenness fixed. Then the breaking comes again, and it is near death. Then the fixing, and a return to "average." Call me a masochist, but there's a certain point were the breaking is almost a relief, because it signals the fixing to come.

My hope is in He who does the fixing, he hasn't done a poor job yet, although I have managed to rebreak things that He has to refix.

Psalm 51:17 (Show Psalm 51)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Hebrews 12:10-11 (Show Hebrews 12)
For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness .For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Revelation 3:19 (Show Revelation 3)
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.