“Here I am, God
With my arms wide open
Pouring out my life
Your power and work in me
I’m broken gracefully
I’m strong when I am weak”
Another day, another song lyric, another devotional worth stealing. Well not stealing but introducing to you guys! I’m on day two of my new book and again I am speechless. Seventeen year old, Mckenzie Sutton, wrote “I wondered if God really loved me all the time. The losses I was going through didn’t seem like something you would allow to happen to someone you love.” It’s crazy how you’ll hear a song or read a quote and they somehow tie in together perfectly. Written at different times by different people, but are totally spot on with each other.
What does that mean… It means exactly how it reads. We’re broken. We all are. Let’s face it. Life has thrown us against the wall, we’ve crashed, been burned, been scrapped up, been knocked down. Life has given us the ultimate the ultimate swirlie.
No but seriously if it hasn’t happened yet, it will. Don’t be afraid of it though. Don’t be afraid of the things you can’t control.
- “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!” Isaiah 35:4
- “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Being Gracefully Broken is something to be proud of. It’s you being pure. God loves that. It’s you admitting you’re not perfect. God I am Gracefully Broken. It’s true. I’m a mess. A big huge mess, but because of You thats okay. “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'” James 4:6 We may be mess ups, uncoordinated, the least bit put together, but God somehow makes us graceful. He uses our brokenness. It’s only a good thing through him. When we give him the broken parts of us: mind, body, heart, soul. He’s able to use us in so many ways. To show others what it looks like to be loved perfectly even if you’re imperfect. To show that grace is freely given. Even the clumsiest person, can be the full of grace in the works of God. I’m proud to be Gracefully Broken, because I know that means God is using me. That I am accepted. That I don’t have to be ashamed or cover it up, but that I’m being used for the greater good. My brokenness is appreciated, honored, loved. I am in imperfect mess but in the eyes of God I’m the perfect mold of clay. Mckenzie also says “These verses reminded me of the character of God.” Have you ever looked at your life, looked at who you are, all your quirks and strange habits and thought “why?” Why is this happening? Why am I the way that I am? I won’t lie. I have. I’ve been confused by God. He’s so mega, we can never fully understand his ways. I can see now that he’s used me through it all. Sometimes I needed to be broken to be used, to open up to him. To be shown I do need him. To see his character. To see who he is. To learn who I am. I am Gracefully Broken and loved because of it.