Saturday, January 16, 2016

Broken and Treasured

Over the past 5 years, God has been showing me, there is much more to life than what I had known. All it took was for me to give up my brokenness and open my heart and mind to realize that I am treasured by God. All he wanted was to show me that even through my brokenness, he still loves me.


For those that are reading this post who are struggling as they deal with things in their life, I want you to know... God wants you to know... It doesn't matter what happened in our past. It doesn't matter what we regret, what we are ashamed of, or what our futures hold. It doesn't matter how deep in a hole we think we are in, God wants us to give up ourselves and give all our cares to Him! He wants us to forget our concerns with taking care of ourselves on our own and allow Him to work in our lives and provide for us; to bless us. He wants us to lean on Him, even through our brokenness, and to trust in His unfailing love, His unwavering promises, and His glorious faithfulness.

"casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7
As I was sitting at one of my favorite restaurants, Chick-Fil-A, thinking about where I have been and where God is taking me, I was amazed. I was sitting at my table surveying a room full of people. Some of the waitresses and waiters were moving about carrying their trays offering their customers service. Children are playing on the playground while the adults held conversations about the days events. I saw them and I wondered, 'Do they really know how much they are loved by God? Do they know that God is pursuing them and wants them to know He can pick up ALL their brokenness and make them something beautiful?'

We all go about our lives in isolation and forget about the world and the people that surround us. We are strangers that live in the same world and often struggle with the same things. We are all broken in need of a Savior. (I would almost bet there are at least one or two women here, even now, that have struggled with some of the same things I struggle with. I would bet that there are some that have gone through similar things in their lives that I had gone through.)

I have been reading 2 Samuel 9 and again I see another story in the Old Testament that reveals the redemption promise of God through His son Jesus. All I can say is PRAISE Jesus for another reveal in the scriptures. I just love what the Holy Spirit reveals to me through God's Word and, as the anchor verse of this blog says,
"I am full of words and the spirit within me compels me." Job 32:18
At this point in 2 Samuel 9, David has conquered the enemies of Israel and is reigning as king. King David is known to be "a man after God's own heart". His name means "beloved". Jesus was beloved by God so David can be seen here as a type of Jesus; or God in the flesh.

Now, earlier in 1 Samuel, David had a dear friend named Jonathan, who was the son of king Saul. (Jonathan is a fascinating story, and I wrote about him in another post, Warriors and the Armor Bearer. -If you have some extra time, check it out!) David and Jonathan were very close and they loved each other dearly. In 1 Samuel, they made a covenant with each other.
"And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself." 1 Samuel 20:17
As Jonathan and David made a covenant, so did God and Abraham in the book of Genesis. If you think about it, Jonathan can be seen as a type of Abraham. God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants that he would never leave or forsake them. He would be their God and they would be His people. He would bless them and give them the promised land.

Later in the 1 Samuel story, Jonathan and Saul die and David mourns for them. Even though the house of Saul and David were enemies, David would not harm either of them. Saul had been very jealous of David and he pursued David in an effort to kill him. David loved and respected both Jonathan and Saul, so when it came time, David wanted to honor Jonathan and his covenant with him by blessing his family.

In 2 Samuel 9, we read that Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth (Don't ask me how to pronounce it.) When Jonathan was killed, the nurse for Mephibosheth ran away with him and accidentally dropped him on his feet and he became crippled. Mephibosheth can be seen as a model of us! We are broken and crippled in this world.

When David inquired about the house of Jonathan and found out he had a son who was lame, He was so excited and brought him into his house and treated him as if he was his own son. Mephibosheth came into see David, bowed down to him to pay David honor as if he was to be a servant of the king. Instead of David treating Mephibosheth as a servant, David said,
"Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul and you will always eat at my table." 2 Samuel 9:7
Like David, Jesus is pursuing us. He wants to find all of us. When we open our hearts to go to him, he wants to pick us up and take us into His house. He is so kind and loving and wants to restore our brokenness and feed us at his grand table! As David gave back all that belonged to the house of Saul to Mephibosheth and restored their land to him, he also told Mephibosheth that he would ALWAYS eat at his table, just like one of the king's sons. (2 Samuel 9:11)

My husband shared a quote with me the other day that I just loved. It said,


David, a type of Jesus, found Mephibosheth, a crippled and lame model of us. In his excitement and promise to fulfill his covenant to Mephibosheth's father, he took him in as his own son. We are son's and daughter's of the promise of God! God will pull us from our hole, our pit, and restore us through his son Jesus. He wants to take us from our worldly trouble and take us in as his own. We are all broken and crippled, but we are all treasured! We are redeemed by the healing grace and mercy of Jesus.  Those that have faith in Jesus, will ALWAYS be with Him at his table!

6 comments :

  1. I really enjoy your heart. Thank you for sharing this blog.

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  2. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by Kevin!

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  3. Such a rich post. So true. We are all broken and treasured but we have the Father and His promises to lean on. Keep writing, my sister in Christ.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by Mary!

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  4. Your observation from Scripture and the Holy Spirit's direction made me think of the lyrics of an old favorite gospel song made popular by the Blackwood Brothers: "Learning to lean...finding more power than I've ever dreamed, I'm learning to lean on Jesus." The invitation is always open in joining JESUS at His table. BUT we have to accept and respond (R.S.V.P.) to the inventation offered. Great POST!!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing a comment Mel! I looked up the song on YouTube and listened to it. :) I had not heard that song. WOW it brought back a lot of memories as a kid. My family used to sing in gospel quartets.... a LONG time ago.

      Amanda

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