So in my life, (you know, those long 19 years), I’ve learned a lesson. This lesson is – never say never.
The phrase, “I’d never..” or “That would never happen to me” have come out of my mouth quite a few times, and every time I wish I could have erased those words.
One of these phrases crossed my mind when working a Disciple-Now weekend in the early spring. The whole theme of the D-Now was about the heart. The minister wrote the Bible studies from the angle that we ALL get broken hearts for some reason at some time in our life, whether a death, loss of a friend, a normal romantic-type heartbreak, or a disappointing experience. The lesson continued to teach what we should do when those heartbreaking times come- Draw near to God and give Him all the pieces instead of trying to put it back together ourselves.
So when reading through this Bible study, preparing to use it during Bible study times during the weekend, that thought passed through my mind. The thought was, “How can I relate to this? This doesn’t apply to me. I’m so happy to be where I am now.”
Because God will find a way to give us an opportunity to apply a lesson in our lives. In this case, I thought I was focused on God, but I knew that all things weren’t right between us; I knew that 110% of my focus had not been on Christ. God has a way of making that right and getting our focus back on Him.
The D-Now was great, I went on with my life, and then it came- heartbreak. Heartbreak came unexpectedly at the most inconvenient time, so I had thought.
The lessons from that D-Now that I had taught came flying back to me like a boomerang.
God used that heartbreak to draw me closer and closer to Him and putting my focus back to where it needed to be. He used that time for me to rely on Him and give it all to Him when it sometimes got to be too much for me to handle.
I love in one of the lessons written “My Paper Heart” how the minister wrote, “Broken hearts happen to BELIEVERS! No one is exempt in this life. It is through our brokenness that God works! If we never had issues of the heart, God would have nothing to examine in us. ONLY GOD can look on the heart. It is our communication piece with God. Our heart connects with His.”
I think we forget that we Christians aren’t exempt from heartbreak and hard times. It’s when those times come that we are able to rely fully on God and really understand that as humans, we are so weak, yet Christ is so strong.
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
-2 Corinthians 12:10