The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
After a lunch of peanut butter sandwiches, chips, and apples, it was treat time. The most common treat in our house is usually a family favorite: Oreo cookies.
Eating an Oreo is an art to each individual. Some dunk the cookie in milk; some eat it dry and in one bite; others separate the cookies and relish each part. I have perfected my own way of enjoying these mouth-watering morsels. I twist the cookies apart and scrape the crème filling off with my teeth. This leaves my favorite part of the cookie: the wafers. Eating these chocolate crisps is almost sacred to me. I do not want to be interrupted. I slowly savor each bite, being careful not to break either wafer or the experience is not the same.
One day after lunch I realized my children eat their Oreos the same way. I had never noticed their ability to scrape the crème without breaking the cookies. (It must be in our genes.) I giggled as three-year-old Griffin ran his baby teeth along the hard cookie. Our happiness halted to a stop with the sound of a cracked wafer. In the grand scheme of life, I knew a broken cookie was just that; but, it broke my little guy’s heart. I knew just how he felt. When Griffin brought his broken wafer to me I gladly exchanged it for my whole one.
God used that moment to remind me of His love for us. His desire is to take the broken pieces of our lives and exchange them with His wholeness. The Lord does not want us to wait until we clean up our act, restore a relationship, lose weight, get a new job, kick an old habit … He wants us to come as we are. He came to heal, Isaiah 61:1, where the word bind is used instead of heal. In the original Hebrew, bind means “to wrap firmly, govern, healer, or wrap about.”
Will you take the broken pieces of your heart to the Healer and let Him wrap His arms firmly around you today? God loves you and came to give you abundant life (John 10:10). You cannot experience this until you give your brokenness over to the only one who can make you whole—Jesus.
If you have brokenness, ask God to heal it. If you do not have any brokenness, praise Him that you are whole.