A long time ago I was broken; on the inside. A teen driver accidentally drove through a stoplight and hit the side of the car crushing my side.
I remember thinking, “If I could just get this seatbelt off then I could get out of the car and I’ll be okay.”
But I was not okay.
I kept losing consciousness. I could barely breathe. The paramedics had to cut the car and lift me out.
The x-rays showed that my shoulder was crushed, collar bone had been broken, lung had collapsed, and liver was split open.
There was not one scratch on the outside of me.
If it wasn’t for the x-rays showing the truth then nobody would have been able to see the brokenness inside my body.
If we could see inside someone’s heart or life we’d see the broken pieces desperately needing to heal.
Stuff happened. Life has taught us to be a little less trusting, a little more defensive, and a little skeptical about others’ intentions.
Sometimes we’ve lost consciousness – and we don’t even know it. We THINK we’re okay – but we’re really not.
It’s okay to NOT be okay for a while. Life can sometimes pull the rug out from underneath our feet, leaving us in a pile of brokenness on the ground just struggling for the next breath.
We talk about stuff. We complain about stuff. We think about stuff. MORE THAN THIS we need to take it to God and PRAY about stuff.
The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It’s what he does. And he’s good at it. That old devil wants to crush you until you forget what breathing is.
God restores what was stolen and broken. It’s what He does. ASK Him.
When it’s hard to breathe, remember God is the One Who gave you breath. He has x-ray vision and He can see everything that’s broken.
I heard a well-meaning Christian man say we need to clean ourselves up before we come before God in prayer. But God says otherwise. He says to bring Him all your broken pieces just as you are. He is The Healer. He is always there just waiting for you to ask for His help.