“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:2-3)
The evening had finally arrived to walk across my high school gymnasium to receive my diploma. As the speakers began to reminisce over the 1985 graduating seniors, my mind was flooded by countless memories. Yet, as I sat with my classmates on that Friday evening, I could have never imagined the paths I would one day travel, nor the heartache, tragedy and loss that would occur.
Moving forward years later, instead of pondering fond memories, I would find myself at the end of a course, sobbing uncontrollably. With my life in shambles, the mere thought of God ever wanting me again seemed unattainable. I would quickly learn, however, that God’s love for me was not dependent on me.
I soon came to experience firsthand that God never despises a broken person nor does He turn His back. He took the shattered pieces of my life and begin to put them back together again, all for His glory.
No matter what we encounter in this world, God has promised to face it with us. While we may only see the pain, God sees the purpose. He will turn a trial into a blessing and a mess into a message. Although His rescue plan may include voyages we never envisioned, we can know with certainty He will never leave broken pieces unassembled. He loves us too much.
Prayer: Lord thank you for Your willingness to restore and rebuild shattered lives. Thank you for sending Jesus to save the lost, to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up their wounds.
(Scripture Passages: Psalm 51:17, Psalm 34:18, Isaiah 57:15)