So, a confession: living in the moment – taking life day-by-day – can be a HUGE battle for me. There are times when I wrestle with fear and worry like nobody’s business. And when I slip into that spiral, I can spend hours bogged down in mistakes I made when I was younger, grieving the extent to which I looked my depravity dead in the eyes and pretty much said, “OH, BRING IT” when I was in my early 20s.
And on top of that, I wear myself out thinking about what I could or should have done differently, thinking about how I should have known better. Worrying that somehow, someway, I let God down.
Last weekend, at Living Proof Live in San Antonio, Beth talked about what it means to be an heir of God. She talked about how differently we’d live our lives if we woke up in the morning and marveled at our inheritance. She talked about how our lives are not left to chance, how every single thing that is playing into our lives makes for a beautiful inheritance. There’s no such thing as a chance encounter or a chance season. Fate has no power over us.
God is Sovereign.
Beth challenged us during the second session of the weekend to realize that our brokenness is no accident; our brokenness is our assignment. Hearing those words was a profound moment for me; I tend to think of the “bad stuff” as something that embarrasses God, as my own personal laundry list of all the things I’ve done to disappoint Him.
But the reality is that my failures are part of who I am. He has allowed those things to happen so that I can boldly testify to His healing and His power. By God’s grace, I’m not who I was at 24. I’m not who I was at 30, even. He has given me victory in areas of my life that could have destroyed me, and my struggles have deepened my faith and strengthened my walk with Him in ways I could have never imagined. As Beth said Saturday morning: “Even dirt can become good soil for a seed.”
Our brokenness is a testimony to the fact that no one besides Him could have shattered those bad habits; no one besides Him could have demolished those strongholds; no ones besides Him could have restored what was beyond man’s repair.
No one.
And I don’t know about you, but I think that’s cause for some serious praise.
Amen.

Comments

  1. What a great reminder today. Oh that we would allow him to take our dirt and turn it into good soil for seed! Thank you for this powerful testimony and truth to ponder as I head to tackle my mountain of laundry…. I think some of my best time with God is in the mindlessness of folding laundry! :)

  2. EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning! Thanks!!

  3. That portion of Beth teaching resonated with me as well Thanks for the refresher Sophie.

  4. AMEN!

  5. How I struggle with my past. Thanks for the reminder that there is victory in Jesus.

  6. “Our brokenness is a testimony to the fact that no one besides Him could have shattered those bad habits; no one besides Him could have demolished those strongholds; no ones besides Him could have restored what was beyond man’s repair.”
    Love this part, Sophie! Love It!
    Truth resonates and this is one big ole hunk of truth. When we share our broken stories that lead to a victoriously God moment… He gets the glory. But, we must let brokeness do its work and let God be God in those wounded, messy areas before the glory abounds.
    Be Blessed, it was so great to meet you in SA.
    BLessings.

  7. Absolutely amen, Sophie!!

  8. How I needed this reminder. Oh, how I can look back and see how each major event and even small events in my life were never left to fate or chance. There is NO such thing in the life of a believer. He does truly work all things to good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Thanks for saying it so well, Sophie. I think He made a wonderful you with everything that was in your past and now in your present. Oh, what a beautiful gift is our present….it is truly a present to us. Blessings……

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