I’ve been working on restoring an old wooden rockin’ horse. The horse was my children’s when they were little and I want to get it in shape so that my grandchildren can ride it when they visit. The mane looks like a rat’s nest and there’s splattered paint all over the body from a project in the attic where it lived for many years. It’s not a very smooth ride anymore but there is potential to make it desirable again. The sad looking little horse just needs to have a rider with sweet little stumpy dimpled hands holding on to the wooden dowels. It needs to hear belly giggles as together they rock faster and faster. I’m determined to make that happen for my grandchildren and this sentimental horse in need of love.
I feel like I can fix the outside of our prized little brown pony. It just needs some TLC. Maybe I’ll sand and paint it. Maybe I’ll braid its unruly mane into a beautiful show horse look. I think I can make it completely whole again on the outside for the purposes it was meant to have..
What if I was the wooden horse or if you were? The world breaks us down sometimes and makes our hearts and souls a broken mess lying in shambles. There are hurts splattered on us and our lives may resemble the mane of a little horse that’s been in the attic unloved for not just years but decades. We can become sad shadows of our former self really fast when we are in need of love.
What makes a “broken us” into something whole and complete isn’t what happens on the outside though. Feeling whole can’t come from any amount of new clothes, hairstyle or make-up. Believe it or not, it can’t even come from a surgeon’s knife. Completeness can only happen through change on the inside and transformation like that can only be done by a guy who was a former carpenter. That carpenter’s name is Jesus and he loves us enough to want to mend our broken hearts.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” –Psalm 34:18
How can he do this? Well, he left an instruction book for us to follow and then he asked us to “Be still and know that HE IS GOD”. Can it truly be that simple? The road to becoming whole again can certainly start right there. Then the “broken us” can begin to be rebuilt into something whole and beautiful. I'll be praying for your desire to have God start on the restoration!
Walking the road with you,
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