The Beauty of Broken

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP) and 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (AMP)

As someone who chronically deals with health issues, I’ve gotten to know the feeling of discomfort pretty well. There are so many things that I have allowed to overcome me with guilt and shame of how broken I am. Sometimes even the sheer fragility of my physical body makes me feel too broken to save.

I feel like there’s this unspoken understanding that we all deal with a bit of discomfort every day. Whether that’s in our physical bodies, our relationships, our self-identity, our insecurities… we all have some sort of discomfort. Something that we feel is too broken, too messed up.

When it comes to the trafficking industry, the one thing I can tell you without a doubt is that it is full of brokenness. When you have broken people searching for the answer to their mess in a broken world, there is an endless cycle of misplaced identity and a deep desire to find something to satisfy that craving for identity.

This is where we see the quest for identity, the cycle of brokenness, passed on through generations. A father who was abused and is now abusing his son. A mother, out of some fear she holds onto, creating an environment of emotional instability for her family.

What I’ve come to know about our brokenness is that the enemy jumps at the chance to exploit it. Because if you look at our brokenness from a worldly perspective, there’s no hope.

But the beauty of our God is that we don’t have to get our lives together before coming to him. No matter what our brokenness looks like, to him it looks like potential to glorify his name. Over anything the world has to say about our brokenness, God speaks to our potential. His precious treasure in unworthy earthen vessels of human frailty.

I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. I sure have plenty of it to go around.

That’s why I am sure that there is hope for the trafficking industry. It is full of brokenness, but that means it is full of opportunity for the changing of hearts and for God’s glory to be revealed. Scripture tells us that regardless of the situation his grace and mercy are always available, always enough.

 

Abby Shrewsbury


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