Thought for the
Week - 20th Sept 2020
Some years ago, I heard on the news that museum staff from a mansion in Ipswich were trying to find a little boy who was devastated after accidentally smashing a historic jug. The staff wanted the boy to know the 18thCentury Delftware puzzle jug he knocked off a window ledge had been fixed. Thanks to a Conservation Officer’s efforts, each of the 65 pieces it broke into had been painstakingly glued.
I can recall on occasions as a young boy, the disappointment I experienced when some of my favourite toys were broken beyond repair. I had to face the fact that the joy of play they once offered was no more.
As life goes on, brokenness with material things continues. The washing machine leaks, the freezer defrosts even when switched on, the shower fails, and the car breaks down (hopefully not all on the same day!). These things are replaceable, but what do we do when our hearts and lives get broken? – when people break their promises made to us, when all hope is lost, trust is shattered and misunderstanding divides?
The current global coronavirus pandemic has brought additional brokenness into the lives of many people, breaking apart things once taken for granted, breaking the economy, our assurance for future plans and our confidence.
It has been said “God will mend a broken heart if you give Him all the pieces.” David the Psalmist shares about his brokenness in Psalm 31: he speaks of his affliction, distress, anguish and sorrow. His strength had failed, and he was a ‘dread to his friends’, even forgotten by them as though dead. David said, “I have become like broken pottery.” (Psalm 31:12) In his need, David put his trust in the Lord because he knew God held every moment and circumstance of his life in His strong hands.
Another psalmist gave praise to the Lord saying, “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3) The prophet Isaiah spoke of the Lord as the One who was ‘anointed to preach the good news’ ... and ‘sent to bind up the broken-hearted’... (Isaiah 61:1)
God longs for us to know He is the fixer of broken hearts and lives: “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit ...” (Psalm 34:18)
When we make God our refuge, we will know His healing love and touch restoring us. David the psalmist experienced this. He said, “At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, for You, God, have put my life back together.” (Psalm 4:8 - The Message Bible)