“I was in Dollar Tree last night and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glowsticks and the baby was screaming for them so the Mom opened the pack and gave him one, which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling, but them the bigger boy took it and the baby started screaming again. Just as the Mom was about to fuss at the older child, he bent the glowstick and handed it back to the baby. As we walked outside at the same time, the baby noticed that the stick was now glowing and his brother said “I had to break it so you could get the full effect from it.” I almost ran because l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you too show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.” That little baby was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glowstick around in the air because he didn’t understand what it was created to do which was “glow.” There are some people who will be content just “being” but some of us that God has chosen, we have to be “broken.” We have to get sick. We go through divorce. We have to bury our spouse, parents, bestfriend, or our child because, in those moments of desperation, God is breaking us. But when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created.”
Usually I can recognize the reason and benefit of someone else being broken, but not myself! There have been several times in my life when I have been able to look back after a trial and see God’s reasoning and direction. Then there have been times like my daughter’s car accident (double fatality, not her fault) where I will just have to wait for heaven to “fully know” (1 Cor. 13:12). So what do we do in those personal moments of brokenness? Romans 8:26-27 says,
“26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
There are so many references in the Bible about being led by the Spirit … Romans 8:14, Gal 5:18 and Gal 5:25 to name a few. Sometimes it is hard to listen to and follow the Spirit of God when our earthly eyes can’t see what He sees at the end. Remember, “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.” (Luke 4:1) To hear Him, we must know Him! Take time in His Word and time being quiet and listening to His voice.