This is a picture of our jerry-rigged dishwasher this morning. I have to prop the door closed so it will keep running & I still have to check it occasionally to make sure it’s still working.
Sometimes life is like my dishwasher. I like it when everything works smoothly, but we know that this isn’t always the case. Joseph working in pharaoh’ house seemed to be in a good place, but I’m sure that when his brothers showed up, things felt broken again. Just when we think things are moving along smoothly, something can break or even seemingly regress. This can be discouraging so let me hopefully give some help here:
1 – keep going: setbacks happen, but keep going, even if it’s a slower pace
2 – fix it: sometimes a solution is permanent but don’t be surprised if you have to circle back & work on the problem again
3 – celebrate: even with what seems small, celebrate! Any progress is helpful!
Feel free to pass this on to your friends who are struggling w broken stuff 🙂
When I was growing up, I remember that my dad really enjoyed fixing up antique furniture. He would get something for cheap from a garage sale that looked like it should’ve been taken to the dump. He would bring it home, whip out the ultra-toxic, highly noxious & uber deadly furniture stripper, don his invincible, thick, industrial grade rubber gloves and begin to turn the trash into a treasure. After getting all of the garbage stripped off the wood, he’d sand down the furniture and get out some furniture glue to put together any broken pieces very gently with furniture clamps and then oil the treasure so that it was entirely transformed. In some ways, my dad was a magician. But in other ways, he was very incapable. He couldn’t do cars, electrical lamps and plumbing to name a few.
Thankfully, our heavenly Father is in the all-around fix-it business. He takes all of our brokenness, strips away the corrosive veneer we accumulate to cover the ugly, he sands down and smooths out the rough spots and more. One of the things I love about our heavenly Father is that He is the ultimate Master Craftsman. There’s nothing broken that He can’t fix, there’s nothing ugly that He can’t redeem and there’s no one so dysfunctional that He cannot transform. Nothing is impossible with our Creator! 🙂
I just had an interesting conversation with my kids about how they treat each other when they’re struggling or have had some failure. I’ve noticed that they often don’t want their siblings to know about an area in which they’re struggling because they don’t want to get teased or picked on. Sound familiar? I’ve been thinking about this problem not only with my kids but also with my brothers and sisters in Jesus. Far too often I’ve seen Christians “eat their own”& when we see this kind of treatment it makes us distrustful & reluctant to share about areas in which we struggle or have failure. In my mind, this is a super effective strategy the devil uses to divide & conquer. Jesus personifies redemption & when His disciples failed & had shortcomings, He didn’t toss them in the trash & sever His relationship with them. Jesus is in the restoration & redemption business. As His follower, I want to let His redemption & restoration flow not only to me, but also through me. Just some friendly food for thought on this happy Wednesday 😀
I recently slipped in our big snow storm and hurt my ankle and no, I’m not any good at injuries of any sort. My norm is just to ignore them & keep going – no time to be gimpy! Unfortunately, this little ankle thing isn’t responding well to being ignored.
I think the same can be true with us spiritually. Sometimes there are injuries in our hearts that require some attention. Here a few ideas that could help:
ice: it cuts back on the swelling and the agitation; when our hearts are hurt, it’s helpful to cool down before making any decisions or having some conversations (cooling down doesn’t mean simmering to re-load ammunition or nit picking to fester the injury more)
elevation: lifting up our hearts to the Holy Spirit gives space and opportunity for divine involvement, where there is always healing, repair and rejuvenation
rest: sometimes we need to give our hearts a chance to recover and “breath”; heart trauma or injury often requires some time and processing to get to a place where there can be constructive progress (just be careful that rest doesn’t turn into withdrawal)