I remember being a child and having a slight obsession with needing my crayons to look perfect. Yes, I used them, and I knew they weren’t all the same length, but I didn’t like them broken. If I accidentally broke a crayon. I didn’t want to put it back in the crayon box. Because in my child like mind broken equaled unusable.
When I started grade school. I encountered many teachers that had small bins filled with broken and perfect looking crayons. All mixed together for students to use. The preferred crayons, of course, were the unbroken ones, and sometimes arguments would break out among the kids at school. The teacher would usually take time to show us and explain that the crayon broken still colored the same.
How God Use Our Brokenness
We all at some point have been broken, some more than others. Trial and unexpected tribulations have warned us out, leaving us feeling depleted with nothing else to give. And, that subconscious childlike thought can creep up again, making us feel useless and unworthy.
In my personal experience, even when I have hit rock bottom, God somehow met me in that dark broken place. He patiently spoke worth in me, building me up again. And in hindsight I realize the value of brokenness. That there are some things God can only do when we’re broken.
Ways God Uses Brokenness
Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
When we are broken, we are open and more willing to listen to God. God uses this moment to reveal defects in our character, that would otherwise be difficult to see. And because we are willing to see those flaws, we are not able to ask God to help us have victory.
In Luke 22:54-62, Peter denied Jesus three times. The Bible says, he “went out that wept bitterly.” In his sorrow, he was able to see his root issue. When he realized his flaw, he was convicted, and broken in spirit. Peter’s brokenness led to true repentance, and God was able to use him greatly.
Bring us closer to God
Have you ever noticed that test and trials, tend to draw us closer to God? That’s because subconsciously we realize, we cannot overcome it, in it of ourselves. Our power or intellect cannot make our current struggle, pain, and anxiety go away completely. It can only offer temporary relief.
We need Jesus. Matthew 11-28-30 says “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you test. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is east and My burden is light.”
In brokenness, we seek God.