in pursuit of critical and compassionate living and thought. in surrender to courage & delight of Christ.
“Un” means “not”.
Not was broken, and is now put together again, fixed. No. Not broken.
Wasn’t broken. Isn’t broken. Can’t be broken. That is UNbroken.
You are meant to be unbroken.
This doesn’t click with us all the time.
It doesn’t click with us when we battle internal deep-seated beliefs that we don’t even know are beliefs that we are “broken”. We used to be one way. We remember it. Then something happened. Slowly, or quickly, or in one thing after another, but it did. Or you were never at all like you imagined you were supposed to be. Your human fragility has proven true. Earth, its pains, expectations, and false promises “broke you”. How can we say we are meant to be unbroken, if we know we are not? If we know for a fact that there are things wrong with us, we are short on days, we do return to dust? Perhaps we finding the “unbroken” we are meant for is possible nonetheless. Maybe it just doesn’t look like what we think…
“This is my body, broken for you,” He said.
I broke Heaven for you, I broke my life for you, and I broke all chains of this earth that break you. Truly knowing this comes with the feeling of what we call “brokenness”.
Brokenness is not a virtue, it is not even a fruit of the Spirit. It is a state of being. Brokenness is the state of abiding in a Life inside you that was broken for you…and resurrected. A broken life bleeds gratitude for the transplanted heart within them that made its frayed internal wirings veins of Everlasting Life. A broken life is the strongest one.
‘For when you are weak, you are strong.’
Brokenness feels like wholeness because it is the state of heart that knows it is Forever held. It is the state of a heart that is steady, that no longer flutters or murmurs. Each beat, “Together, Together…Together, Together…Together, Together,” because it is the heart transplanted after it was washed by eternal separation, and aired into the Heavens for Eternal Life with the Maker. One with Him. “Together, together…together, together…together, together…” it beats forever.
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
Flesh is like watered clay. It lives, breathes, molds, holds together, and lasts. Stone is like dried clay. It may be durable, but it eventually breaks because it is dry, and stagnant, unchanging, unteachable, hard, and stubborn to a shaping hand. It is only temporarily together. It is unlike the clay which is kept warm in the Maker’s hand and so lives long, becoming exciting things, living, and knowing always a constant comfort; it knows purpose because it is never left alone or untouched by the One who is always working, working for Good. “You will always be what I use for my Good,” says the Maker to the clay. “Stay in my hands.”
We are like clay, but we need water. Without it, we are thirsty and weak; we dry and crumble like dust to dust. With it, we are strong; we are held together only by the Water.
We were meant for this strength. To find brokenness, in finding what it is that holds us together, is to find out what we are. Brokenness is the spirit of the Unbroken.
He did not say He would make us whole. He said He would make us ONE with Him. In this, He said he would show us our true design of being UNBROKEN, of being unseparated, undivided…from HIM. We are not meant to be “whole”, we are meant to be unbroken, together, one.
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” – John 17:22-23
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:7