Beauty in Brokenness
Read Isaiah 43:1-7
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." John 8:12 (NRSV)
Ann Stewart is from South Australia. While walking along a beach where the bush meets the sand, she noticed a beautiful gum tree that had fallen. The tree continued to grow despite being battered by wind and weather. It remained beautiful with its papery soft white bark; and although some branches had died, new growth stretched toward the light.
Like that tree, we are often battered and knocked down by the storms of life. However, like that tree we can remain beautiful and strong in our brokenness. Through the storms that come our way, God can bring new growth into our lives. And as we trust God, our difficulties strengthen us and teach us.
Even when we are broken, we can reach out to Jesus, the light of the world. As we endure our trials, we have the assurance that God has overcome the world (see John 16:33) and that noting can separate us from God's love. Through our experiences, we become more understanding and compassionate toward others and their struggles. We also learn to draw closer to God and to rely on God in deeper ways than before. In Christ we receive comfort, strength, hope, and mew spiritual growth.
Prayer: Loving God, as we reach out to you in our struggles, heal our hearts, bind our wounds, and work all things together for our good, in Jesus' name. Amen.