Broken for You
Don’t you just hate it when something breaks?
True story: Long ago and far, far away when I was about six and my brother four, we had an incident that not only do I remember, but I now laugh about it. Back then, my mother was sure that we two kids were the only little critters our home could handle. So, somehow instead of a live pet, I was the owner of a remote-controlled kitty. Kitty could walk, wag her tail, meow and purr, but did not poop, claw at the woodwork, or shed all over the furniture and carpets. My mom was pleased, and so was I until the fateful day I am about to share.
Mom and I were in the kitchen. Little brother was in the living room. I’ll call him Karl – because that is his name (sorry to rat you out, Bro). So, after a few minutes of playtime, Karl comes into the kitchen, Kitty’s head in one hand and body in the other. I’m sure I was as kind and controlled as can be as I inquired as to how this unfortunate incident occurred. Karl, doing his best interpretation of an innocent, heavenly cherub said, “The head just fell off.” It was a good thing mom was there, lest I would have forgotten that the Lord says, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” and I would have taken the matter into my own hands, my brother’s head being one thought at that moment.
Though in truth I believe I was actually wailing at the time, not laughing, in retrospect this certainly was a laughable moment. It is interesting to note that taking things apart became a frequent activity of my brother’s that led him into learning how to put things back together again. He now is an engineer for a major network news bureau – who would have thunk? Since Karl was not Mr. Fix-it in poor Kitty’s day, Kitty was discarded, and I was brokenhearted.
The sad truth is that our lives are plagued with more than just broken things. We humans can be devastated when something breaks, and it is often no laughing matter. While it can be irksome to have a car, an appliance, or other material possessions break down, there are far more devastating “breaks” that can literally shatter lives. Cancer continues to rear its ugly head, divorce is rampant, even amongst believers, and finances can crumble faster than a stale cookie. A knee-jerk reaction can be to run around like Chicken Little shouting that the sky is falling or to bury one’s head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich using a myriad number of means to escape. Those who trust in Christ, however, know a much better way.
God is supremely aware of the plight of the brokenhearted. His message to all of us is clear. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,” Isaiah 61:1-2a (ESV). Referring to Himself, Jesus quoted this verse in Luke 4:18-19.
One of Jesus’ purposes is to mend the brokenhearted – He can and He will! But the Lord’s main object of healing is each person’s spiritual life, and His main objective is that glory be given to God the Father, which is rightly His. I know God has all power to heal broken bodies, broken relationships, broken lives, and even broken things. However, I am grateful that His focus and concern is always eternal. He chose to be broken for our brokenness, and we will be eternally whole and well as we give Him glory forever. We can always take our broken lives to God for He does fix and mend. And if He does not deliver us out of our present trouble, He will always provide the way for us to make it through our broken circumstances.
I love you, Karl. I forgave you long ago over the mechanical cat. I thank the Lord for the skills He has given you to be able to take things apart and that now you are able to fix practical problems in the world of electronics and technology. But I’m still wondering: exactly how did Kitty’s head come off? (LOL)
“But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed,” Isaiah 53:5 (ESV).
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