As I look upon this leaf in all its beauty I’m reminded of the intensity in development and struggle and growth it faced to arrive at this point to influence. And so it is with us. Our struggles, loneliness, hardships and brokenness create that which if surrendered brings out in us a beauty of purpose which glorifies our Creator.
Gisela Yohannan describes it well…
“As we walk through this life on earth (the valley of the shadow of death to victory), we are faced outwardly with many hardships, difficulties, sometimes poverty and even persecution. Yet there are other struggles and battles that are often much more intense, much more painful and much more severe than these. These are the battles we face on the inside, the ones that take place in our hearts. So often no one knows about them and no one cares. At times, we are not able to share them with anyone. We fight lonely, frightened and desperate. The Lord’s answers and interventions seem so far away. We know that the outcome of some of these battles will determine if we make it or break under them. Yet when victory arrives and we have overcome, the effect on our own life and the lives of others is tremendous: We have been broken for a purpose!”
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7,8)