All Things New

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“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 is a promise from God to His people that things won’t always stay the same in our lives. During a season where something that I’d known for the past few years was shifting underneath me, this was actually the verse that God spoke into my life and reminded me of.

When I didn’t know what the Lord was doing, why I felt broken, God reminded me that He was using my brokenness to reshape me. I remember vividly the times when it felt like my heart was shattered. I didn’t know what to do with myself, how to put the pieces back together. Sometimes, I didn’t know if I’d ever heal, or if things would ever get better.

I cried out to God, begging Him to fix me, wanting to be made new. Wanting to be healed of the wounds that had pierced me.

But one day, He showed me that I also needed to give Him all the broken pieces. I clung to the pieces of my past, of the hurt, who I used to be, as if it were my only lifeline to healing. As if I were capable of healing myself.

One day, God whispered to me the word, “Release.” Let go. Surrender.

I was afraid to let go, afraid of what God would ask me to give up. Even afraid, if I may admit, of where God would call me. What if God called me to let go of where I’d been and set me on a path different than the one that I’d charted?

Eventually, I had to decide. When I saw healing would come no other way, I chose to surrender. I realized that I hadn’t been trusting God to heal me. And hard as it was to let go, I had to believe that God knew and that He could heal me better than I could heal myself.

Once, I surrendered all my brokenness, who I used to be, my past, my hurts, and everything else that bound me, God reshaped me and remolded me into a better version of who I had been before. That isn’t to say that the process was painless, but it most definitely was worth it.

Because we are sinners, we still break even after God has fixed us. We aren’t meant to hide and live sheltered lives, but by putting ourselves out there, we will likely become hurt and broken again. As C.S. Lewis said in his book, The Four Loves, “To love at all is to be vulnerable.” But that doesn’t mean we should stop loving those around us.

It is like a vessel that a loving father gave his children to use. He wants them to use it, but he also knows that when in the hands of children, it might still break again. Yet that doesn’t mean he should lock it in a cabinet and never let it see the light of day.

I have come to believe that when we are completely shattered, at our end, and can’t go on anymore, that God does something new in our life.

As a potter reshapes his vessel, so God reshapes us. It’s time for something new, but to make room for the new, the old often must go. The curtain has closed on a season, a friendship, relationship, job opportunity, or way of life.

But like any skillful potter, God takes who we used to be and makes us into something better.

Even if it doesn’t feel like it right here and right now, please believe that God can take what is broken and reshape it into something whole. That might mean changing our plans, getting rid of some pieces, or making new ones.

But before any healing or reshaping is done, we must first give Him all the broken pieces.

Then, slowly by slowly, piece by piece, we watch and are amazed as God takes all our broken pieces and makes all things new.

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