October 17, 2014

it's a broken and beautiful life

I am broken.

Aren't we all, to some extent, broken?  How can anything really be whole in this fallen world?

It's exhausting - living broken.  Attempting to function properly when you are fractured. It's like walking on a sprained ankle - not advisable, for obvious reasons.

Why do we do this to ourselves?  Why do we hobble through each day in pain as if nothing is wrong? As if we are perfect and all is well with the world?

Are we afraid of looking weak? Are we fearful of judgement? Of criticism?

"The world...view[s] our broken stories and tell us it's better to hide them.  To forget the shame we carry, put on a smile, and disappear under the work we do, the people we please, and the frenetic activity of keeping busy." - Bonnie Gray in Finding Spiritual Whitespace

Well, I'm done with that.  Living that way is tiring - physically and spiritually - and I want more out of this life.  Jesus wants me to have life abundantly, and I'm eager to let the Great Physician guide me to a better place.

I'm reading an insightful book right now by author Bonnie Gray called Finding Spiritual Whitespace.

She says, "Spiritual whitespace brings us to a different peace where we are real."

The reality is this: life is hard.  It's brutal.  But it can also be beautiful.

However, the only way to experience the beauty is to first acknowledge the ugly... the damaged... the imperfect... in our lives.

"Jesus understands the wounds where joy was demolished. Where something beautiful fades into the sidelines of our stories. Where we are only left with memories of what could have been." - Bonnie Gray

We need to acknowledge our brokenness, not hide from it.  We need to make room for the Healer to come in and do His work. We must stop, rest, and let Him make us new.  We should do this often because daily we fail and we are hurt. We need time to recover.

No ship can be buffeted by the waves forever. It will capsize. Our savior cries out, "Peace! Be still!"  And so we must. We should.

Rest. We need to make time for rest.

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

I am taking steps toward rest.  How do you make time for it?  Please, share your wisdom on this topic!

Today's forget-me-not: Rest. It's just what the Doctor ordered.

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