Beauty in the Broken

My heart was saddened when I heard a large crashing sound come from the other room.  As I walked in to see the damage, I saw my son holding a ball and a broken cross on the ground. 

As we cleaned up the pieces, my son said that he could glue them back together.  I was not sure it could be salvaged.

In my heart, it was broken beyond repair. 

Have you ever felt like that?  As you look at the broken pieces of your life, you just cannot see how anything good can come from it.  You honestly have lost all hope.

Friends, hope is an important ingredient as you look at your broken pieces. 

My son saw hope for this broken cross, I did not.

Maybe you don’t see hope as you stare at another negative pregnancy test.  Maybe you don’t see hope as you are raising your kids as a single parent.  Maybe you don’t see hope as you drive to another chemo appt.

Days later, we decided to glue the broken pieces back together on my cross.  I thought I would like the perfect one better; the one with no cracks or signs of brokenness. 

But now, as I look at the broken cross, I see beauty in the broken! 

  • I see beauty in a woman who perseveres in the middle of her brokenness.
  • I see beauty when God is faithful to guide and comfort a broken heart.
  • I see beauty when a broken story is shared with another hurting heart and it unleashes hope.

Just like this broken cross, your cracks and broken pieces are beautiful when placed in the hands of Jesus. 

He is the one who gives us Hope. 

Hope that our brokenness has a purpose.  Hope that He can use our broken story to encourage another hurting heart.   Today I pray we can all cling to this hope especially when we are in the middle of broken pieces.

Love, Jodi

One Word Can Change Everything

I hung up the phone in disbelief. 

My stomach was in knots over the news.  My mind kept repeating over and over, this cannot be happening. I plopped down on my couch completely exasperated.  It was like all the air was deflating out of me.  All I could think about was what my sweet friend.

There are some words that will change your life forever.  Cancer is one of those words.  

What do you do when one word turns your entire world upside down?  

Maybe your word is not cancer like my friend but something else has left you feeling heartbroken.   Maybe your word is Divorce, Infertility, Miscarriage or Single…. all of these words can leave us questioning God’s plan for our lives.

In an effort to find relief from our heartbreak, we begin searching for answers. Hoping they will ease our pain, we ask, Why God? Why is this happening to me? When our questions are left unanswered, it is easy to become frustrated and angry with God. It is normal to question God’s goodness in a time of grief.  

But the key is to not get stuck there.

On my Depth Podcast this week, I dig deeper into Laura Story’s book, When God Doesn’t Fix It.   I talk in depth about asking these why questions vs. how questions.  If you are in the middle of an unexpected storm right now, I would love for you to listen to this week’s episode.  I believe it will encourage you and give you hope.  If you have a friend walking through a hard time, please share it with them too.

Let me close with a prayer.

God, I pray for my friends who are hurting. Please surround them with Your love and comfort especially when they think You have forgotten them.  I pray that they will run to You in their pain instead of pushing You away.  God, give them Your strength and guide them daily as You walk through this unexpected storm with them.  Let them feel Your closeness and Your presence in their life.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Jodi

Note: To listen to this week’s podcast, you can click on the apple podcast link below or click on the Depth picture on my home page at jodirosser.com

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/depth-podcast/id1477636973