It was a beautiful spring day, the warm sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze blowing, and the grass was turning green. I was winding my way down the familiar road, feeling each curve, radio playing, singing along. All of the sudden, I knew with a jolt that I was too close to the road’s edge. The cold winter and spring rains had produced wheel-swallowing-potholes in this particular stretch. Breath caught, heart stopped, I realized I couldn’t correct in time. “Whump!” My front wheel fell into a small canyon. “Bam!” My tire blew. And there I was, stuck, with a broken car, on the side of the road. With a sinking feeling in my stomach, I knew I was going to have to call the woman I nannied for and admit that I had broken her car for the second time in a week!
It is not easy to admit when we break something, and even harder to admit that we ourselves are broken.
Truth is, we are all broken, every single one of us. It’s easier to hide, cover up, and pretend. We feel guilty about being broken. We feel alone. Surely no one else is as screwed up as we are. We don’t think anyone would understand.We feel like God is disappointed in us, as though He could be shocked by our true selves. We push Him away too.
And often, people in the church seem to say, “You’re broken, so, get it together! Fix yourself! Look better! Or at least pretend.” We get good at hiding.
That’s not what Jesus says! Jesus says, “You’re broken, but I’ve got this!”
Our mess doesn’t shock God. He already knows. He doesn’t expect us to fix ourselves; He knows we can’t! He wants to fix us, but we have to let Him. We need to admit our brokenness and give all the pieces to Him.
What are you hiding? What are you holding on to? It’s not worth it! Let Jesus heal you. He’s a great Doctor!
- “Jesus answered them, (the Pharisees who were complaining because he was hanging out with “bad” people) ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 (ESV)
What if we just stopped pretending? What if we decided to be real and honest, honest with God and with each other?
- “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man…” 1 Cor. 10:13 (ESV)
We all struggle with the same things! There are no perfect people, just some better actors. Let’s embrace our common brokenness, our common needs, because they point us to the cross where we all find grace, and love, and forgiveness. Let’s run to Jesus together, knowing that He is the answer.
- “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate…For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh (my sin nature). For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out…Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through JESUS CHRIST our Lord!…” Romans 7:15,18,24-25
Not religion, not good behavior, not a list of do’s and don’ts, not church, not anything, but Jesus. Jesus is always the answer. He died so that we could know Him. Let’s do it! He died to forgive us and set us free. Let’s be free!
Will you come on this journey with me? Will you be honest with God and honest with others about the parts of you that are broken? Will you accept the love and forgiveness and grace that Jesus offers you? Will you throw away the things that are holding you back?
It may seem impossible. That’s okay. It’s a process. That’s why it’s called having a “walk with Jesus”.
Remember, you can’t do it. But Jesus can!