In Others’ Words: Broken Legacy
I used to handle difficulties this way:
I’d lay awake at night and think Just give me a minute. I’ll figure this out.
I wasn’t praying — I was plotting. I wasn’t asking God for help because I was going to fix whatever was broken — a plan, a relationship, a dream — all by myself.
I’m older now and yes, I’m wiser — wise enough to know that I can’t fix fhings. Even when I try to do the right thing — when I do take time to pray and seek the counsel of others wiser than me — situations can go heartbreakingly wrong.
In my novel, Somebody Like You, I wrote about two twin brothers who ended up estranged from one another. This was a carefully planned plot point. What I never expected was that in an effort to have a more honest relationship with my family of origin, I would end up estranged from them. Every single one of them.
Talk about fingering fragments that simply will not go back together again … yeah. I can’t fix this.
It’s not a question of not wanting reconciliation. I do. But reconciliation isn’t a return to what was.
For now, I trust that God is working in me and in spite of me — that he’s not tossing my efforts into the trash and saying “Not good enough.”
I choose to believe that God is in this season of silence, of separation, and will somehow, some day, scuplt it into a beautifully broken legacy.
In Your Words: When have you seen the beauty of broken in your life? How has God stepped into your “breaking” with his beauty to create a legacy?
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