Gracefully Broken

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“The LORD is close to the broken-hearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34:18-19

I was in Dollar Tree last night and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the l-o-n-g line. One was a big kid, one was a toddler.

The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks and the baby was screaming for them. The mom opened the pack and gave him one, which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling. Then the bigger boy took it again and the baby started screaming.

Just as the mom was about to fuss at the older child, he bent the glow stick and handed it back to the baby. We walked outside at the same time, and I watched the baby notice the stick was now glowing. His brother said "I had to break it so you could get the full effect from it."

I almost ran because l could hear God saying to me, "I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose."

That little baby had been happy just swinging the "unbroken" glow stick around in the air. He didn't understand what it was created to do, which was "glow".

There are some people who will be content just "being,” but some of us that God has chosen, we have to be "Broken." We have to get sick. We have to lose a job. We go through a divorce. We have to go through so-called friends talking behind our backs—people who try to break our character all the while smiling face-to-face.

But GOD…

When we have to bury a spouse, parents, best friend, or our child…in those moments of desperation, God is breaking us. But when the breaking is done, we will be able to see the reason for which we were created.

When you see us glowing…just know that we have been broken—but healed by his Grace and Mercy!

by Paula Acosta