This week I’m sharing some stories….stories of life change. Stories about God’s activity in people’s lives. Stories that I get to hear often, but maybe you don’t. Our Heavenly Father is actively at work changing hearts and lives, and I want you to know it!
Today, I want you to hear the story of a broken heart, and God’s ability to restore.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release the prisoners from their darkness…….Isaiah 61:1
Divorce is hard enough, but when I experienced a divorce from my husband of 26 years (whom I loved deeply, but had a serious personality disorder with bi-polar tendencies) I was forced to look at my life. My life had been a roller coaster of bad decisions and emotions going up and down and up and down until one day I had to just get off and throw up. I knew that I could no longer handle the chaos. I had to protect my own health spiritually, physically and emotionally. That’s when my heart ripped into two pieces, and I had to rely on GOD and ONLY GOD to piece it back together again. I lost my home, my health insurance, my car was not working, my husband’s business had failed…everything that the world holds to be successful was gone. But, God had a bigger and better plan for my life beyond my little world there in Murfreesboro, TN.
God wanted me to trust him FULLY AND COMPLETELY like I had never done before. I ran (NOT WALKED) toward God. HE and HE ALONE was the only one who could put my heart back together - strong enough to withstand even everyday life. I curled up on the floor and cried out to HIM. “God, please heal me, please direct me, and please protect me.” I began studying everything I could get my hands on, praying and crying out to God and sleeping….I did a lot of sleeping. My Christian therapist friend told me about a Beth Moore study called “Breaking Free”. I had tons of homework every single day. It took me six months to get through it. I did not move on until I really had heard from God and allowed Him to glue the pieces of my heart one by one back together again.
My heart became stronger and more secure than it ever was before. When we suffer a broken heart, when our heart is ripped apart and bleeding, God ONLY GOD has the power to put our hearts and heal our minds to an even stronger point than before. He alone has the SUPER-DUPER GOD GLUE that it takes to bind up the broken-hearted. WE can’t do it without Him. If we do try to piece ourselves back together we will make horrible choices using Elmer’s glue (the world) to put our hearts back together so that it “looks ok” from the outside but it will fall right back apart. But when God heals your heart, He seals it with Jesus Christ’s blood and nothing can ever separate us from that power and love again. My heart is protected by Jesus Christ and it’s stronger than ever.
Now I trust Him with my heart or possible love life, and He’ll make the right decisions for me – either leave me to serve Him single or bring me HIS BEST for me.
1.) God CAN heal my broken heart. He’s the only One who can.
2.) My heart will be stronger when I allow Him to put it back together, rather than trying to fix it myself.
Have you suffered a broken heart? Has life not turned out as you expected? God can heal your hurt. He can protect you. Just as He did for this person, He can restore your joy. Turn to Him in your time of pain. He’s waiting.