Our hearts. Our faith. Our lives.
What do these things have in common?
Plenty, probably. But, they are fragile. This may not be the case for the entire population. It is, however, my reality.
For a myriad of reasons, I feel very fragile. Like any part of my life, or all of me, might break – at any given moment, on any given day.
I often remark that my heart feels shattered at times, just broken. (It’s fragile.) That remains a painful reality.
My faith. The fact that I identify with even having faith, and caring about God and viewing Him as a good, good Father again – those things are fairly miraculous, if I’m being honest. My faith has been shaken, broken, and mended.
When healing happens around broken things, strength also takes root and grows.
As my faith in a God who holds the universe is showing signs of life while being rekindled, strength is growing deep roots. My trusting in God, knowing that He is not only just there – but that He loves me passionately even if or when I’m not fond of Him, that provides healing – which cultivates strength.
My heart. That thing pumps blood, and beats with life. When something endangers the wellbeing of this precious organ, it feels as if it might protest- it might skip a few beats, or it might just stop beating. A shattered heart isn’t conducive to a healthy life. Sometimes, it’s the little things. The little things become the huge things, and lead to the most profound healing. Even if not completely repaired, a shattered heart can find healing. That healing will strengthen fractures, and may come in sometimes unexpected ways. Through love.
When a life feels irreparably broken, healing seems like a faraway dream being dangled just outside of your reach. The listening ear, a hug from a friend, love from friends or family, mutual trust and communication between friends – these are only a handful of things capable of allowing healing to penetrate the broken places to initiate the healing process.
Healing can force the talons of depression to lessen their grip.
Sometimes simply seeing healing as even a possibility is as miraculous as an undeniably supernaturally noted and recorded miracle.
This – all of this – is precisely where I am. Broken. Healing. Loved.