by Niki Turner
Ever had a Humpty-Dumpty experience?
I like to imagine myself as flexible and resilient, adaptable and able to go with the flow. (Note the use of the word imagine in the previous sentence.)
In reality, I'm flexible in some areas ... I could care less which restaurant we go to.
I'm resilient to a point ... it takes a LONG time to get me to give up on something I'm committed to.
And I adapt, eventually, to lots of things that are uncomfortable or inconvenient or distressing ... after all, what choice do I have
But at some point, everything has a breaking point. Sometimes that breaking point appears long after the trial or test that generated the initial crisis.
Have you been broken in faith or feeling, mind or body? Are you worn out by circumstances and situations that have challenged your beliefs, wounded your soul, vexed your knowledge, or damaged your body? Have repeated disappointments, losses, rejections, and trauma discouraged you to the point you feel shattered?
Some people stop there and build an altar to the god of their brokenness. Their pain and suffering becomes their God. Others defy their brokenness and, like Monty Python's Black Knight, insist they've nothing more than a "mere flesh wound" and try to keep on fighting, in spite of mortal injury. Neither is a solution.
Like poor Humpty (and the Black Knight), help isn't always found in our social circles. Most of the time we want to offer the quick fix when someone is in pain. We want to supply a suitably speedy resolution that will get them back in the saddle and back on the front lines, ASAP!
But the truth is, sometimes recovery and restoration simply don't take place in a weekend, or a week, or even a month. Sometimes a conference or a retreat or a vacation help, but they aren't the solution to the problem. Sometimes, thank God, they do, but the severity of the wound may mean we have to access patience and faith to see ourselves, or our loved one, through to full restoration of spirit, soul, and body.
So how do we pray? Whether we are, ourselves, broken and wounded in some way, or we know and love someone in that painful position, what can we expect from God? The author of the book of Hebrews understood this predicament well, having both been among the broken and having been broken as well, writing:
"Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we're doing or why, but it's hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God. Pray that we may be together soon.
May God, who puts all things together, makes all things whole,
Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus, the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant, Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd, up and alive from the dead,
Now put you together, provide you with everything you need to please him,
Make us into what gives him most pleasure, by means of the sacrifice of Jesus the Messiah.
All glory to Jesus forever and always! Oh, yes, yes, yes."
Hebrews 13:18-21 The Message
Pray for the shattered and broken and wounded around you today, and, if that describes YOU, trust that our loving God is at work right now putting you back together, making you whole. Where human effort (including your own) has failed to heal you, God Himself shall restore and renew your spirit, soul, and body!
Feel like Humpty-Dumpty? Put yourself in the hands of your God and let Him put you back together, even better than before. It might take some time, and it will definitely require your cooperation, but it IS His will for you, according to His word!
Mother of four and grandmother of one, Niki Turner is an only child, wife of a former pastor, and writer of fiction, blog posts, Facebook status updates, a tweet here and there, and lots of long grocery lists. She also writes, copyedits, and proofreads for the local newspaper. Her first completed manuscript was a finalist in the 2009 Touched by Love contest.