Our oldest son has always been a big guy. When he was born, he was so large that his collarbone was broken during delivery. We couldn’t pick him up under his arms for at least the first 6 months of his life because the bone had to set right in order to heal. So, we would swaddle him and leave one of his arms out. One of the first things we were told was that a bony callus would form around the bone where the break was. We were also told this area would eventually be the strongest part of his collarbone.
Have you ever wondered why God would allow us to be broken? I have asked that question quite a few times over the years. Yet,God always seems to show me the purpose of my brokenness. The main reason God allows us to be broken is to remake us so we can become more like Him. He uses every break to make us stronger in that particular area than before.
Think about an area of your life where you’ve experienced brokenness. How is that area now? Are you a better person than you were before your experience? If so, God has fortified you in that area for His purpose. He wants to use our breaks to make us more suitable for His glory. He wants us to be living epistles amongst men. So, we can go out and fortify others for His name’s sake.
When we think of a callus, we usually think of an ugly spot that has accumulated extra skin that needs to be removed. I want to challenge us to find the beauty in the “calluses” that have formed in our lives as a result of God’s healing and restoration just like He did in my son’s bone. Think of them as a reminder of what was once a place of weakness that God has strengthened. It would have never formed had we not been broken. You see. There is beauty in our brokenness. They are monuments of God’s work in our lives.
Because of them, as Marvin Sapp sings, “I am stronger, wiser, and better.” Let that be our testimony. Thank God for His power. Amen!
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