The picture above is of my kitchen floor.
Last Friday, a crew came into my home (my brother-in-law and some guys from my church) and they shattered my tiles and carried them out and this week they will be putting in new wood floors. So it’s been a long weekend in a dusty house. (I’m writing this on Sunday evening.)
When Snowball was a puppy, she would dig at the grout of our tiles. As a result, she loosened a bunch of my tiles and once the tiles were loose, over time they began to crack. So I had a bunch of cracked tiles, all over my kitchen floor.
And so it was time. Time to break down the old and build the new.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 says:
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
My broken tiles feel symbolic of the last 2 years of my life.
I have felt:
I wish I had the after photo to add to this post…but I don’t. The floor is still a dusty mess as I type this. BUT. The reconstruction of the floor is coming!!!
I have full faith, that the crew will return and create something beautiful in my kitchen.
But until then, I’m waiting and I’m reminded of how muscles grow. When you overload a muscle during weight lifting, little tears are made in the muscle. When the muscle rests, it repairs those tears and the muscle then grows in size and strength.
Are you lifting a heavy weight today?
Do you feel like it is crushing you?
Keep pressing on and pressing in and pressing forward. Do not give up! The Lord is strengthening you.
Philippians 3:14 says:
I press on toward the goal
to win the prize
for which God has called
me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 31:3 & 4 says:
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I will build you up again.
I love this promise to be rebuilt!
This promise was to God’s people, after they had been crushed by their enemies. But with the same tender compassion that God promised to help his people in the book of Jeremiah, he promises to rebuild us.
He wants to restore our broken places.
I have experienced God beginning to heal me. He has restored my joy.
But I am still in the process…but I am full of hope. Just like the hope and certainty that I have that my floors will be rebuilt – I know that God is going to rebuild my life…however he sees fit…for his glory!
Do you feel broken?
I know how you feel and I want to reassure you that we are never broken beyond God’s repair. This is the type of work God does best! He is a God who saves, heals, restores, rebuilds, transforms and redeems! He takes us from death to life, from darkness to light, from hopeless – to full of hope – and he makes us his child!
You are a daughter of the King!
Psalm 147:3 says:
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
And 2 Corinthians 4:8 & 9 says:
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul says he was afflicted, perplexed, persecuted and struck down but look how he triumphed through Jesus.
He was not crushed!
He was not in despair!
He was not forsaken!
And he was not destroyed!
Paul experienced the power of Christ in his life – through his brokenness – and it was because of his brokenness that God could meet his needs.
Do you feel hurt? Let God heal you.
Do you feel weak? Let God make you stronger.
Do you feel broken? Let God rebuild you.
Wait patiently on the Lord and while you wait, be in God’s Word daily, pray daily and obey Him daily.
Trust that he’s going to make your brokenness beautiful.
Keep holding onto hope!
If you are new here – welcome! Here’s some of my other posts that talk a little more about what our family has been going through: