I’ve been struggling a bit to get another blog post done since I did my last one on my dear friend’s passing. On this past Friday morning it came to me.
Last Thursday and Friday, I was participating in a two day strategic planning meeting with the Board of Directors that I serve on; Missouri Recovery Network. We come together annually and spend two days considering how we are going to serve the recovery community over the next year. This year is very different because we are about to become a non-profit. This is something the Missouri Recovery Network has needed for a long time and it is going to explode our organization. So, our “planning” has begun at a place of revising and rewriting our mission, vision and core values into simpler, more concise statements with greater clarity.
We had a great first day on Thursday. As we got together, after our meeting to go to dinner, we decided to participate in a roller derby tournament. Good news is we won. Bad news is, I got a little hurt in the process, and I won’t be doing any roller skating any time soon.
Okay, not true about the roller derby, but I did get hurt. Less exciting is the true story. I did not get a firm step up on a high curb. It happened in an instant, but I heard a pop and now I have a fractured bone in my foot. I am trying to learn how to walk on crutches and remembering that it is not as easy as it sounds. I had this experience of trying to use crutches about 10 years ago when I broke my leg. After three attempts to teach me to walk on crutches the hospital staff said, “you know what? we’re just going to have you use a walker.” I hope you’ll join me in praying that I don’t hurt myself further because I have a hard time dealing with crutches!
So this blog post idea came to me from the combination of not being able to help myself and the shirt that I brought to wear on Friday. I brought my Celebrate Recovery shirt. On the back it says, “God Restores the Broken.” Yes he does.
As I was waiting for my friend to come help me, on Friday morning, I opened my Bible app and saw the following scripture highlighted:
Colossians 1:16 through 17 (NIV)
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
and he holds all creation together.
We were created by Him and for Him. No matter where we are, whatever shape we are in, we are not too broken for Him. He created us and when we are broken He heals us. Why? Because we are His and we exist for Him. For His pleasure and for His desires. We come broken and He does the fixing.
The group I was working with last week was working on being more concise and clear about who we are. I love that this scripture is very concise and very clear. I do lots of planning and creative thinking about many things in my life. I love that I live to serve the greatest Creator and Planner. I love that “everything” I am has the highest design and the highest purpose; it’s all for Him.
So yes, I’m broken physically right now, but I am AWESOME! Physical restoration is something we would each hope to always have. Sometimes that isn’t what we get. I can’t answer why that is. Emotional restoration is also something we each hope for. It is always available to us. Sometimes we don’t like the journey, but when we remember that He is the one who holds us together and He restores us; we can trust the journey.
God Restores the Broken!
Are you in need of someone to help you see the path forward? Sometimes it’s hard on our own. Furthermore, God never intended for you to travel the road alone. Give me a shout. I will help you consider what’s next. Contact Coach Deb