When God is Quiet During Your Brokenness

during the storm

Things can leave us broken with the pieces of our messy and shattered lives washing ashore. The things we counted on crumble like sand in our hands. People let us down. We feel forgotten or discarded. Or a great rescue we’ve been hoping and praying for doesn’t come.

It hurts. You lie awake at night, tears soaking your face and landing on your pillow. You talk to God. You plead for an answer. You ask Him what you’re doing wrong or what you should do to fix it all. You find yourself dropping to your knees and begging, crying out to Him for help.

But He’s quiet.

You wonder what’s going on and why He’s allowing this storm to rage, one that’s been thrashing against your heart for a long, long time.

Maybe you only see the pieces of what’s survived the storm and wonder what good can come from it. What can God possibly do with this mess?

He can do more than you can even imagine.

He can build something new out of your brokenness, make a new way, or lead you on a new journey. He isn’t limited by time or money or any of the resources you and I fix our eyes on, watching as it all dwindles and worrying if it will be enough.

He stretched oil for a widow and fed thousands from a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. He can make ends meet. He can provide all you need.

He is, after all, Jehovah Jireh. The Lord will provide.

He won’t leave you alone to deal with your brokenness. He’s there with you. He’s always been there.

Perhaps He is quiet because He wants you to take a good long look at the mess that’s been swept up on the shore, to remember all the ways you tried to fix everything and how you came to the end of yourself; when you ran out of ideas and you couldn’t see how any good was going to come from such a terrible storm that left you utterly broken.

Yes, take a walk and remember what the dreadful mess looks like and how painful this walk is, so when the rescue comes (and it will come), you’ll experience more joy than you’ve ever known.

And you’ll know it was God who restored you and rescued you from the storm raging within.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121: 1-2 NIV.)

 

11 thoughts on “When God is Quiet During Your Brokenness

  1. Yes Joey there seems to be so many broken times that we have to deal with but I try not to go over board trying to fix what I know I can’t. There is one and only one who can FIX it all, so rather than fixate on solving those issues I just turn to my Great and Mighty God who after all made heaven and earth and breathed life into my body at birth and keeps me until the day He calls me home. There are troubling issues as I write this in my family but I am trusting in Him for it all.

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    1. I try not to fix them too, but unfortunately, I’m a “fixer” – always wanting to help and find the solution. Thankfully, God helps me to lift the burdens and broken pieces to Him. You mentioned troubling issues in your family…please know I will pray for you as you continue to trust in Him. May He bless you abundantly.

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  2. Ahhhhhhh yes indeed my dear crazy colourful sock wearing sister in Christ, there is always great joy that follows brokenness/darkness – for “light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it” – loving this season of joy and deep belly laughs that the good Lord has blessed me with – thank you for this hope/joy-filled post – love and blessings from my heart to yours xo

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    1. Debra, you bring ME such joy and encouragement! Thank you for commenting and for the Scripture! Praise God for that season you’re in…joy and deep belly laughs! Love and blessings to you always, my fellow crazy-colorful-sock-wearing Sister in Christ. 🙂 (Perhaps we’ll meet one day in heaven and we’ll recognize each other by our crazy, colorful socks!! I wonder if Jesus will be wearing them too?)

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      1. Oh that is definitely how I will recognize you – and, who knows, perhaps Jesus will be wearing socks just as crazy and colourful as ours!!!! From crazy colourful sock headquarters – well, a barefoot at the moment Deb as it’s mighty hot here in Surrey BC Canada xo

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  3. Reflecting back on His goodness during a trial has really helped me a lot. The enemy whispers horrible things in down times and you are so right that in time things will get better but to reflect until then. Great wisdom to store up as the sun shines now but the storm is inevitable.

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    1. It’s so important that we look back and remember God’s faithfulness, especially during those storms and when the enemy attacks. I’m sure you have a wonderful testimony and some pretty amazing stories to share, Valerie! Blessings to you, my dear Sister in Christ, as you keep shining for Him!

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