From whichever sphere of life one comes, there comes a time of brokenness. For many it may be from early childhood as there are many born in desperately dysfunctional, poor and broken homes. For others, brokenness is experienced later in life when shelters break and cease to be. So many of us may not realize that the season of life we find ourselves as we maneuver through the trauma of brokenness. It often seems like a never ending dark cloud that never seems to shift away from our lives.
I have often observed many resign themselves to the season presented them as though it was permanent and not intended for change. Its’s quite saddening to see a life ended yet unfulfilled. So while being broken is obviously painful, disillusioning and paralyzing, it would do us good to understand and to remember that we are not designed to remain in a state of brokenness. Whatever adverse situation we go through, is meant to teach us, changes us, mould us and remove any undesirable trace elements that would hinder us from fulfilling our destiny and purpose. Sort of like when precious metal goes through a fire. The fire is supposed to melt the ore so that the smith can remove unwanted impurities that make it ore and not the pure metal it is meant to be. It is to refine it, to make it pure and therefore valuable.
2020 was a year of brokenness for many. The year that will go down as the year that welcomed COVID-19, the world-wide pandemic. Lots of people went through so much, what with job losses, businesses collapsing, loosing of loved ones and the list goes on. At the end of the day, all those who went through various diverse challenges would do well to ask how those challenges affected them. Has the ore been removed? Recently a friend shared with us that 2020 had taught them (her family), so many things; one of which for them is striving to be self-reliant especially in the area of food provisions for the family. She deliberately made an effort to go back to the village and do some farming with her arable land so that in any event, food would not be a concern to her.
However, the question remains; has the ore been removed from our lives? Are we still holding on the dirt that was the comfort and the norm we knew? Are we holding on the pain of loss of jobs, loved ones and businesses and dreams? If we allow the thought to settle, that can be a sobering question! In spite of the deep, grotesque and intense challenges, we mustn’t remain the same. It would be a sad shame! Nevertheless, it takes a deliberate and conscious effort to perceive the fire as an impurity removing agent because it is hot and uncomfortable. However, if we cooperate with it, the fire will purify us, build us and strengthen us.
It may be a time of repentance, introspection, and asking God for a change of attitudes, motivations and intentions. It may be a time of changing course completely and taking a different route. It may be a time of starting over or expanding one’s portfolio. It may be a time to take stock of where one has come from in order to forge forward to new frontiers. It may be to wipe the slate clean and begin a new chapter. It could be to let the Lord heal the pain of loss of loved ones so that healing may begin. Whatever the fire is working out in us, it is important to ever so often stop and reflect, even within the pain, and gain perspective, seek God and be guided by Him. Sometimes one discovers an unexpected level of weakness and grim in the fire. It can be shocking actually if one is sober enough to accept the truth. Nonetheless, coming face to face with what and who we are truly are is part of the process.
Having gained perspective from the fire, we may want to ask God for strength to be all that we were meant to be. As new dreams are born, we ask God to lead and guide us to the desired end. He is willing to. The moulding phase of our journey happens when we yield and submit ourselves to learning, correction, discipline and healing. Whatever you want to be moulded to, guard and choose carefully who and what you are learning from. As you learn new skills and interact with new networks, let you primary learning source be the living Word which is the fountain of life. Learn to hear from the precious Holy Spirit. Who better then, since it is only the Lord who knows where this journey will progress to. He remains the best person to wait upon.