Turning brokenness into blessings

Turning brokenness into blessings

written by Ashley April 13, 2019

Rock Bottom

Have you ever found yourself at rock bottom?  Perhaps your marriage was failing, job interviews were not in your favor, or maybe friends had removed themselves from your life.  Basically, your life didn’t look anything like you had imagined it would. 

Friends let me tell you, rock bottom is nowhere you want to be.  But unfortunately, that is where I found myself a few years ago.  Although it is not the ideal place to find yourself-but praise God I was there. Seems absurd, I know, but it literally took me hitting rock bottom to find my way back to the top.  I was faithless but God remained faithful.

Out of control

I thought I had it all.  I was blessed with a hard-working husband, two healthy children at that time, a top of the ladder job, no mortgage on the new house we lived in, and even a nice car to drive…but you know what?  None of those things helped me out of that dark pit I was drowning in.  My husband had become distant, I lost that top of the ladder job, I had just had a miscarriage and none of those materialistic things mattered in the long run, because they could not pull me up out of the darkness.  If anything, I was feeling like the water was continuing to rise.  I called out for help but was too consumed by my own darkness that I did not even realize when God was answering.  I was trying to remain in control and in all reality, I was out of control.   

I was struggling big time.  I finally broke down and stepped out of my comfort zone and found myself across from a pastor who I barely knew.  All these recent disappointments had resurfaced hurt from my past.  The Pastor suggested that perhaps I never healed fully from the past, I only healed enough to move forward.  That opened my eyes to a new world.  I guess you could say I was notorious for allowing myself to just forget all the hurt and pain.  You know what I am talking about, just shoving it in the back of your mind and hope that you will just forget it. 

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mark 11:24

I found myself praying a lot!  I was not exactly sure what to pray for, I had distanced myself so far from God and any type of religion because I thought I could control my life and I would be able to fix it.  But, as a matter of fact, I couldn’t fix it.  The main tool in my toolbox was missing-God.  I felt ashamed praying to God asking Him to pull me out of darkness when I had pulled away from him. 

“if we are faithless, He remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself”.

2Timothy 2:13

Thanks be to God that He didn’t give up on me.  He met me right where I was and provided me with the tools I needed to come up out of the darkness.  He led me to a church that became my home, He provided me with faithful friends, He led me to a mountain top where I released my hurt, pain, and control.  I felt renewed, He was the change in me.  My brokenness brought me to God, without the scars from my past I would have never known how deep God’s love is for me.  I am not who I was before, I don’t have to fear anymore, and now I see with my eyes wide open. 

If you are feeling faithless in your darkness, don’t lose hope!  You are never too far gone, God will run to you even when it seems as if everyone else has left you at your worst.  I am thankful that God grabbed my hand and pulled me out of my darkness.  He knew I couldn’t make the change, so He became the change in me.  Thanks be to God for not waiting on me to find my way back-He came for me just as I was.    

“I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
Hebrews 13:5

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