June 28, 2022

Even within the Brokenness, God Is Nonetheless at Work

I felt the tears coming as my cellphone buzzed repeatedly. In between stashing garments in bins for an impending transfer, I’d been checking my cellphone for the textual content messages coming in quick and furiously from a pal. As a substitute of stopping by to see me one final time, as we had talked about, she was leveling accusations at me relating to one thing I’d executed months earlier than that had offended her. I used to be blindsided.

And as I desperately tried to “repair” the connection by apologizing for the unintentional offense and attempting to elucidate myself, I gave the impression to be making the state of affairs worse. After about an hour of back-and-forth texts, we ended on a well mannered word, however I used to be shattered. A friendship that I had invested a lot of my coronary heart and time into gave the impression to be in shambles. And I couldn’t repair it.

I hate not having the ability to sort things. That pressure that it doesn’t matter what I do, I can’t make one thing proper. It’s a helpless feeling. And but I get up each single day to reminders that so many issues on this world are damaged. Experiences of violent assaults, the lack of harmless lives, an unpromising election cycle, to not point out the damaged relationships I usually encounter on a private degree. At instances, worry and hate and brokenness appear to reign, and I do not know what to do about it.

As I used to be not too long ago studying within the e book of Jeremiah, I associated to the prophet’s angst and desperation as he seen the brokenness round him: Kings who refused to observe God, individuals whose hearts have been removed from Him and the inevitable judgment and destruction of Jerusalem. These have been darkish instances for God’s chosen individuals. However even after the worst had occurred — the individuals have been scattered, Jerusalem was burned, Israel misplaced its “Promised Land”—Jeremiah affirms God’s potential to sort things.

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As a substitute of solely calling for God to repair the bodily brokenness of Israel, Jeremiah asks for one thing deeper. “Restore us to your self, O LORD, that we could also be restored!” (Lamentations 5:21). When the hopelessly damaged confronts me, do I provide this similar prayer? Do I ask God to revive me to Himself so restoration may start to occur round me? In my relationships? In my religion group? In my world?

As a lot because it’s uncomfortable to linger within the damaged, it’s a actuality of life. As Paul says, the world groans. And lots of days I groan proper together with it. Generally the one factor I can do is to belief the One who holds all the items and is aware of the way to put them again collectively. Sooner or later, Jesus will restore all issues. Till then, some issues won’t ever be mounted, and that’s okay. As a result of even within the brokenness, God remains to be at work.

This morning I texted my pal for the primary time since our tense dialog.

“Simply wished to say that I like you.”

A couple of minutes later my cellphone buzzed: “Love you too, Suzanne.”

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