If there was one word I could use to describe the world today, it would be broken. Sometimes, it just rips my heart to shreds at the magnitude of it all.
Broken families, ripped apart by death or divorce.
Broken bodies, crippled with chronic pain and unable to function as before.
Broken hearts, suffering in silence behind a mask of “I’m fine.”
Broken promises made by someone you trusted who inevitably let you down.
Broken government that perpetuates injustice and division instead of representing its people.
Broken dreams, crushed by circumstances outside our control.
Broken people crying out in a broken world, with hearts that groan for something, someone that can truly and completely mend all those broken pieces that have been shattered by painful circumstances as well as the consequences of our own selfish choices.
I see this brokenness both in Christians and unbelievers alike; all who walk this earth know the pain of living in a world that has been broken. All of us came into this world with a broken spirit, distorted and fractured by sin, furthering the agenda of splintering this good creation of God into a million, seemingly impossible to put together pieces.
My heart yearns to fix it, to patch up the broken marriages, to heal the hurting hearts, and to love the abandoned and the pain-stricken. I wish with every ounce of my being that I had the power to wipe tears away and banish pain and suffering with some mystical wave of my hand. But I don’t. And I can’t. And even worse, I catch myself breaking others with my words and actions, dashing them against the rocks because they didn’t bow to my will.
And so I do the only thing I know how to and speak to the only Person who has the power to redeem and restore creation back to the good and perfect state it is meant to be in.
I pray and beg God to fix the broken relationships, the broken hearts, the broken government, and even my own broken body and spirit. I dwell on these words from Romans 8:18-29, drinking in the words from the God who never breaks His promises and never stops loving humanity:
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Yes, our world is broken, filled with violence, hatred, injustice, suffering, poverty, and pain. Our hearts know it shouldn’t be this way, and God, in his love, sent Jesus to die on the cross and rise again so that he could fix our broken world at its core, ripping control from sin and death, and He promises to put the pieces back together and make it perfect again. He’s already started to change the world by the work He is doing in my heart and the heart of everyone that believes in Him, making us new on the inside. We’re not 100% fixed inside, but we will be. And it’s this hope and countless others that I hold on to as we enter Easter weekend.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
(Matthew 28:5-7 )