The pastor looked at me and asked, “So you’re here alone? No friends, no family?”  The tears started welling up, but I smiled and replied ‘yes’ confidently. That’s broken yet strong.

It doesn’t make sense how that works: broken yet still strong.

It’s a place that’s hard to explain. But it exists, I know, ’cause here I am living it.

The morning my parents left, it hit me, I’m alone here, but at the same time I knew, I can never be alone. That’s His promise.

I never understood why God wanted a broken heart. I didn’t know what that meant.

How can a broken heart share the joy of Jesus to others? Won’t they appear depressed and not appealing at all? Wouldn’t their brokenness cut others? I had seen broken people before in the world; their edges so sharp if you go near you were sure to be cut.

So how can a broken person minister love?

Then I understood; when I am broken I am no longer ministering my love, which is conditional and limited. I am ministering His love, which just flows through me. His love that just uses me as a passage or a doorway.

I understood. We can’t minister to the world just through our love, that would fall terribly short. The world needs His love. His unconditional, unfailing love.

If I wasn’t broken how could His love flow through, it would be blocked. Now, through my broken pieces it flows. Healing me in the process too. We all need healing.

Now I understood. Being broken before Him is the best place to live. When His love flows through every nook and cranny and strengthens me in ways I could never do on my own.

Your brokenness means that you are standing and smiling only because of Him.

It’s true, He does give peace the world cannot understand, and joy in abundance.

Through your brokenness let Jesus’ love flow through you and heal those around you!

Be blessed beloved and always know He will never leave you!

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 NKJV