For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 ESV
So often when we sit in the place of brokenness, we question if we can endure through the night, let alone the whole season. Yet this scripture reminds us, that we do not have to endure alone. The Lord is with those with a contrite and lowly spirit. Although it may not happen in our time frame, He will revive our lowly spirit. He will revive our contrite heart.
I have shared this poem before, but when we are in the midst of enduring brokenness it is a question we must ask ourselves. It is a poem that has been attributed to many people, so I am unsure who really wrote it, but I stumbled across it as a teenager, and have quoted it frequently.
As children bring their broken toys,
With tears, for me to mend
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because he was my friend.
But then, instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone
I hung around and tried to help
With ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How can You be so slow?”
“My child,” He said. “What could I do?
You never did let go.”
Often times, we need to search our heart during those times we are trying to endure brokenness. We need to see if we are holding on to things that we were not called to hold. So often we try to control things, and inevitably we just make things worse and at best just delay Him being able to mend us.
Revive means to restore life, fresh energy, strength and interest. When we are able to move past our brokenness, we will find a life awaiting us that is more than just enduring. When you decide to live again, and allow the Lord’s healing to be received by your heart and spirit, He restores life to your soul. It might not look like you think it will, but it will not disappoint if you let Him revive you. You will find a joy that you did not have before as He strengthens you. You will find fresh energy that He brings to areas of your life. You will find new interests and passions that will help you to live again.
We all go through seasons, but if your season is lasting longer than you feel you can endure, spend some time in prayer and self reflection asking if there is something that you are holding on to that is keeping you from healing. If you find it, surrender it by letting it go to Him, let Him mend that area.
This blog post is inspired by Anita Ojeda and the #Write28Days Challenge. The challenge was to write 28 days in February. I am running way behind, but wanted to finish anyway. For more posts on this topic go to Broken Vessel.