Do you remember breaking something as a kid that was so important to your parents? Perhaps it was a flower vase or a dish that your mom had since she was young. It was devastating! More devastating than breaking the vase was going to your mom and confessing or getting caught for breaking it. Maybe you looked at her with guilt on your face, hoping that she would forgive you. In the end, she always did. The best part is when that item you broke was able to be fixed and restored to its original form.
I don’t know about you, but that story about the broken vase reminds me of my life. I am broken. We all are. As humans, we all sin and make mistakes and oftentimes, we feel too broken for God. It is as nothing we do can make up for the brokenness in our soul. The hardest part is going to God with our broken spirit. We think that, surely, God cannot fix us. After all, we are broken beyond repair. Right? WRONG!
Psalm 51:17 states, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God will not despise.
Psalm 147:3 also says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”.
I was praying at a service not too long ago during the altar call. I was barely able to form words and all I could do was just cry unto Him, completely broken. I had been so ashamed that I had not been praying or reading my Bible as much as I should have. I had been so focused on work or other things in my life, I had not been giving God my all. I remember, in that moment of crying unto God, the preacher came up to me and said that If I just came to God like I was, in my brokenness, He would purify me. Sometimes that’s all we need to do.
I know a lot of times, we hear these extravagant prayers with just the right words and we think that that is how we are supposed to pray and that if we did not pray a perfect prayer, that might mean we are not worthy. Can I just tell you, that is the devil? He wants to destroy us with thoughts that we are too broken for God.
If we come to God broken, He can fix us. He will take all of the broken pieces in our life and put them back together so beautifully it will be as if nothing was ever broken. God knows we are not perfect and if we just are authentic with God, he will make us whole again.
Hannah Preston attends Solid Rock Church of Monroe. She is currently in college pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and is working at an Eye doctor’s office as a technician. She has type 1 diabetes and a few years ago had thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroid removed. Some of her passions include writing, playing the piano, singing, and most importantly living for God and building her relationship with Him. She is a worship leader at her church and is very involved with the music and hyphen ministry there. She lives to share the gospel with others and show them God’s love.