People find many ways to cope with brokenness. Addictions, living in a fantasy world and denial are common coping strategies. Is there anyone who hasn’t used some form of numbing themselves? Endless hours watching television, getting lost in books – even these harmless activities can become hiding places.
The trauma of brokenness drives us to find ways to turn off our minds. We do this for survival. And God allows it for a time. Eventually, we will find that we can’t keep hiding. God will use circumstances to force us to face our brokenness.
As the Healer of Broken Hearts, He knows that confronting brokenness is the first step to healing. Sin has broken us. Our own sin, or someone else’s sins against us. Both, have broken us. Isaiah, the prophet, speaking of Jesus centuries before the cross, said of Him:
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement (needful to obtain) peace and well-being for us was upon Him and with the stripes that wounded Him we are healed and made whole. (Isaiah 53:5)
Our broken hearts were included in the mountain of sin that Jesus carried to the cross. He waits with arms open to embrace our pain, to touch our wounds, pour healing ointment on them, to set us free from past trauma. Confronting brokenness isn’t easy. Our natural tendency is to bury pain and pretend it’s gone. But there’s no healing in that, no freedom.
Do you want freedom? Make an appointment with God. Put it on your calendar. On that date, at that specific time, bring your broken heart to God. Tell Him why your heart is broken. Ask Him to touch you and heal you.
Maybe you’ll cry buckets of tears. Maybe you won’t feel anything at the time. But, I guarantee you God will begin the holy work of healing your wounds.
The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent (Psalm 34:18)
Do you have a broken heart? God is near!
Rose McCormick Brandon’s book, One Good Word Makes all the Difference, is available here.