It’s in the Heartbreak

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How long has it been since I dropped to my knees before You, Lord?  This morning the Lord brought me to my knees.  The Lord is opening my eyes to a broken world and showing me how desperately we need Him.

The truth is, I don’t really want to see the hurting in the world.  I don’t really want to see extreme Islamists blowing up innocent people.  I don’t really want to see the hungry and the homeless.  I don’t really want to know how lonely the women is that walks down Main Street everyday.  Why, because it breaks my heart and I don’t always know what to do.  I would much rather turn my TV off.  Stay in my safe little world and pretend these things are not happening.  And to be honest with you, I can be pretty good at that.  This is a real struggle for me.

After seeing pure acts of evil played out on TV, a friend losing her mother in law to liver disease, getting a tiny glimpse of a lonely women’s life and serving the homeless a hot meal these past few days, my heart is a mess!  But it is in this mess that sometimes I learn the most.  A wise friend of mine said, “It’s in the heartbreak that we truly see our need for Jesus.”  I need Jesus not only to engage a broken world but to heal the broken in me.  He is our only answer and oh boy, am I thankful He loves us and is all wise.

So all of this leads me to ask,  “What are you showing my Lord?”  Here’s where I landed:

3 things I can do:

~Pray for others

Really pray for others!  I have to admit I do not pray enough for others.  I can and should pray for the things going on around the world and in my town.  Pray without ceasing! 1 Thessalonians 5:17

~Live a life of Thanksgiving

1 Thessalonians 5:18 goes on to say, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I am so thankful for Jesus but am I living a life of thankfulness?  Do I live everyday as though I am thankful for what He did for me on the cross?

~Seek the Lord first and then be sensitive and wise to engage a broken world

I need Jesus, the perfect One,  to teach me how to be “salt and light” in the world.  Matthew 5:13-14

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4

Only after I have sought the Lord do I become sensitive to people and know how to be salt in a yucky tasting world.

So I end my thoughts today with wanting to do these 3 things even more. 🙂

Jesus, we need you down here.  Move us to pray more, live a life of thanksgiving and let our light shine in a world that needs you desperately. ❤️

 

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