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Psalm 51:17, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
Last week we noticed broken branches near the base of the 40 foot cedar at the back of the ranch house. The large back windows afford a perfect view and, no doubt, the same wind gusts that brought down the live oaks in front did their damage in back as well. Those low hanging branches provided a convenient place for cows to scramble under and scratch. In the summer months nature’s back rub also momentarily freed the bovine beauties from pesky flies.
Since the branches dangled precariously off the trunk they needed to be trimmed away. The chain saw came in handy. We cut and stacked the larger branches for firewood. The smaller branches could be used for craft projects or made into cutting boards or foot stools. Ground up, mulch could be spread over the beds. However, the branches left on the ground are already beginning to wither and rot.
We find ourselves broken and hanging like those branches when we’re torn from what is familiar and comfortable. We suffer the cruelty that life sometimes brings and it seems our purpose vanishes.
But God grants us freewill and choices. You can remain on the ground to crumble and rot or allow God to use your brokenness. Like firewood, you can contribute warmth and comfort to another. Like a craft project you can bring joy. Like furniture you can offer stability and usefulness. And like mulch you can provide grounding and nourishment.
We all have or will suffer brokenness, but rather than staying down and defeated, will you offer all heartache to God? God will repurpose your pain for His glory and good!
Mending for God’s Purposes, PJ
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