The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34:18 – 20
When I was younger, my brother and I were always in and out of the emergency room. Seriously, we made so many emergency room visits that in one town, some concerned neighbors called Child Protective Services on my parents. Now my parents were not physically abusing us, but my brother and I were experts on finding new and unusual ways to hurt ourselves (not on purpose, just not a lot of common sense).
Here’s an example: When I was 13 years old, my family moved from Orlando to Miami. A couple of days after the move, I was unpacking my bedroom. With all of the moves that we had made over the years, I still had a small yellow chair from an old playset. When I say small, I mean made for a 3 year old to sit in. I was organizing my room, and had a box of things that didn’t have any place yet. I just didn’t want to figure it out at the time, so I decided to put those things up on a shelf in my closet. I was still pretty short (who am I kidding? I’m STILL short!), so I decided to use the chair as a step stool. Remember me saying it was small? Yeah. I stood on the chair, began to place the box on the shelf in my closet when a palmetto bug flew out at me. For those of you that don’t live in the south, a palmetto bug is a giant roach with wings. Anyway, I shrieked and leaned backwards, pinwheeling my arms as I lost my balance and fell to the floor. This caused a broken arm. My mother drove me to the emergency room where my father (a Highway Patrolman) and his new boss met us. The new boss couldn’t believe that we had lived in the city of Miami for less than a week, and were already visiting a local hospital. My mother and father just smiled and shrugged their shoulders.
That was pretty typical of my brother and I until we were 16 or so. Amazing, isn’t it? Aren’t we lucky? It’s completely amazing that my parents didn’t get so frustrated that they just gave up! But they would have never have thrown us away. They loved us, stitches and all.
Guess what? God doesn’t throw us away when we get broken either. He doesn’t fuss and yell. He comes even closer and holds us up. He wraps his arms around us and whispers “Shhhh, I’m here now child. Let me help you up.” He hears our cries. He loves us despite our brokenness, and because of it. He saves us from our selves. He is the ultimate Child Protective Service, and we are His children. He wants to protect us from those who would hurt us.
Psalm 147:3 says that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Let Him heal your broken heart. The pain from your past. The pain from right now. Anything you have been holding that you just need to let out. Rip the bandage off, let the fresh air of God make you whole again.
Daily Household Assignments (for those of you attempting to gain control):
- Make your bed.
- Get all dishes into the dishwasher and start the load. Wipe down the counters and the inside of the sink.
- Today is mending day. Remember that stack of Mending that you put to the side on Monday? Go get it girl! Some of you reading this have a sewing machine and all of the supplies sitting somewhere collecting dust. Drag that thing out and get to work. Some of you have needles and thread, but don’t want to sew by hand. No procrastination. Just bite the bullet and do it! Others of you are wondering to yourselves, what is mending???? If you don’t have any needles and thread in the house, don’t panic, it’s ok. You do not have to go to a specialty shop, the local market will have basic needles and a couple of colors of thread to get you started. Do NOT make a special trip to the store today. There is no reason to waste gas, and you’re going in a couple of days anyway. Instead, start your grocery list. Put “needles” and “thread” on the top of the list. Now find a neat and organized place to put your mending pile until next week.
- Continue working on your reorganization of your children’s clothing. If it is anything like my kids rooms, it will take you a week or so just to go through their clothing. Then we’ll start on their toys and books!!