For there would be no sunrise without dark nights, … , no restoration without brokenness.
Life is unpredictable. The only thing constant is change, just like the four seasons. And much like the many parodies of life, the human heart is so intended for contrast that, without one, we would not comprehend (appreciate) the other. For there would be no rainbow without the storm, no child birth without pain. If we follow this reasoning, it is possible to grow seeds of joy in the soil of sorrow!
As the famous author C.S. Lewis so aptly put it – a heart that is so sheltered from the possibility of wreckage “will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
What’s wrong with an ‘irredeemable’ heart? To answer that question, rather let’s ponder on “What good is an irredeemable heart?” Can it spread forth unconditional love; is it capable of genuine magnanimity, let alone, even appreciate true love? See the picture? An irredeemable heart is a heart of stone, impervious, insensitive, and incapable of growth.
Hence, perhaps we need to suffer the agony of a broken heart before our heart can be restructured and restored into a more beautiful heart. Given that, I’ll gladly have my shabby heart wrecked and shattered. So it can be restructured into something more splendid than before!
Though the process is painful and uncertain, knowing the end result is reason enough to help me focus on staying hopeful. So besides having an attitude of joy, I’m journeying on with an attitude of gratitude, in anticipation of the beauty to come.
If this is what you’re going through right now, I welcome you on this trail. Though our paths may be different, I believe we’re getting onto something more magnificent in time to come. Never lose faith and Joy!
Isaiah 61:3 – he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning,