The pieces once left before me made me believe life as I knew it was nothing but empty. One by one the petals were ripped away — I knew from this moment forth my life would never be the same. All that remained was the stem of thorns, which convinced me my life couldn’t possibly have purpose anymore.
I had grasped on to those thorns because it was the last of all I’d known. Broken and worn I couldn’t do this anymore. These damaged wounded palms weeped for a release because truth be told my life was the furthest thing from living in peace.
With the faintest glimpse of hope, I slowly started to release, and instead chose to cling to the promise He could and He would restore my broken heart and soul. Deep within my heart I was convicted this facade of love was something I had to completely let go.
Then came the day I humbly laid my broken worn stem of thorns before the throne. It was in His mercy and grace, He began to prune the dead pieces away. My heart began to beat life again in an entirely new and beautiful way.
I finally encountered a newfound love — a love here to stay. A love that pursued me to my darkest trenches, and committed to never let me go. A love in the deepest capacity I had yet to fathom or even come to know.
“Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I got up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:7-8
The tears never went to waste as they served quite an important job; though in the moment it felt like they were drowning me, God’s intent was to grow me. God had a specific plan for the tiniest seed of faith I humbly planted, and with the watering of my tears began to grow something far more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
Though the thorns created scars, the scars painted the picture of a redemptive story. Because Jesus was working it all for good, as promised, in exchange to magnify His glory.
When I learned to love me, and recognized the magnitude of what Jesus had done in His sacrifice of life to make me free, I began to live my life completely differently.
Wholeness and incomparable joy were genuinely felt for the very first time. I praised God with unending gratitude for every broken moment; those moments lead me to where I now stand firm in faithfulness today because healing had finally taken place. The Lord ignited a fire in my heart and spirit to give anything and everything to empower others to also seek Jesus’s face — to faithfully remind them that their pain would become anything but a waste.
“The spirit of The Lord God is upon me, because The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners” Isaiah 61:1
When you come to this place where your contentment is in Jesus alone, you my friend have become whole. He longs to bless you and revive the old into something beautiful and new. Or, even completely surprise you with something that might just be right behind you.
Even through the thickest of thorns, redemption can be born in many impeccable different forms. The real question is will you simply, yet boldly, proclaim, “I trust you Lord”?
“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
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