I'm reposting this from June of 2009 because there have been some circumstances in my life, and in people very, very close to me that aren't so lovely...so since I needed to be reminded of this, I thought maybe you would too.
So I'm doing this Bible study with Joanna called No Other gods. Whoa.
This is not a lightweight, no sir. It is a heavy-hitter! That is, if
you WANT it to be. I have found, as I'm sure many of you have, that
something is only as "deep" as you want it to be...but I am going deep,
because there are issues in my life that need gutting.
That said, listen to this quote from page 64 of No Other gods regarding
God's "brand of beauty:"
"A healed relationship or person can reflect more glory than one who never knew brokenness."
I thought. Broken doesn't necessarily mean pulverized...then I looked
it up in the dictionary. (Yes, I'm a "word nerd," I love doing this.)
Broken: 1. NO LONGER WHOLE in two or more pieces e.g. after having been dropped or hit with something hard.
yah. Have you ever dropped a glass bowl? It shatters in a million
pieces! (Especially on a tile floor... not like I would know anything
about that personally...) Ahem.
My favorite book (next to the
Bible) is my Synonym Finder. Why they don't just call it a thesaurus I
don't know. Anywho...I checked out broken, and here are some synonyms:
Shattered. Smashed. Crushed. Mangled. Pulverized. Ruptured. Torn. Damaged. Destroyed.
will tell you a few things my friends, first of all, I'm pretty darn
sure that all of us have felt one of these words in our lives...maybe
recently. Maybe as recently as last week...maybe, right now.
Second, always remember that with God: "We are hard pressed on every side, but NOT crushed; perplexed, but NOT in despair, persecuted, but NOT abandoned, struck down but NOT DESTROYED." II Corinthains 4:9
again, the WORLD'S definition of something and GOD'S definition are
completely different. The world says if you are broken, you are
destroyed. GOD says, if you are broken, HIS glory will be revealed.
HIS STRENGTH will be made perfect in YOUR WEAKNESS. He is making you a
new creation...He loves you too much to let you grow complacent.
am preaching to the choir here, folks. I will be the first to admit
that I stumble under adversity. This last year has just been a doozy.
But God knows that sometimes when I am on the mountain top, I get lost
looking at the view, and not reflecting upon that which put me on the
top. So He keeps giving me the "valley view" until I get it. I'm not
sure that I will ever COMPLETELY get it...I mean, come on, what fun
would that be? : }
Lest I digress, let's get back to the quote.
Did you ever wonder what our purpose was on this earth? Very simple.
To glorify God. Some people I know can do that in an amazing way
without have to go down the wrong road, or without suffering. Most do
not. "A healed person or relationship"....that doesn't necessarily mean
physical healing, but it certainly could. How magnificent when a
believer goes to the doctor, only to find that the cancer that was there
IS NO MORE? That is GLORY, my friends. Much more than if that person
never got cancer in the first place!
God can reveal His glory in the same way when we walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, and do it with HIS Strength! If
you knew of someone that God healed of cancer, it would be a huge WOW
factor. And God would get HUGE glory. But for how long? Would we
forget like the Israelites seemed to forget so quickly that God parted
the Red Sea for them? But what about the person who quietly walks
through their disease with God, day after day, moment after moment,
constantly reflecting Him? (And I'm soooo not saying that's me, because
there's not much quiet about me! I go along, but many times kicking and
screaming!!) : )
Now on to a reallllly sticky subject, but one
very close to my heart. Does God SEND disease? I believe, sometimes, He does.
This is one thing I know more than anything else in my being: GOD WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BRING YOU CLOSER TO HIM.
I mean whatever. Some things He allows to befall us, but I truly and
completely believe that other things He Himself sends to us, so that we
can grow closer to Him, and so that His glory will be revealed. Some of
us (and I mean ME) are so stubborn we don't get the more subtle hints
and need the "big guns." And when this happens, my friends, you will
never be the same again.