- Ron Edmondson
During times of trials and difficulty we often forget—or we never even understand—the value of brokenness. Yes, I just wrote the previous sentence. And I stand behind it. Not many people would choose to be burdened with heartache or disappointment, but the way God uses suffering for good is rarely realized until after the trial has passed—often years later. This doesn’t mean the loss from suffering doesn’t still hurt. It often does. And some pain—such as the loss of a loved one—never disappears completely. I’m not necessarily writing about this kind of brokenness. I’ve written about those types of losses in other posts—although God works in those times for good also. I’m talking in this post about brokenness from things like the loss of a job, personal failure the breakup of a significant relationship—the kind of brokenness where we often played a part or someone else made decisions or choices which hurt us deeply. The kind we try to run from, forget or hide from other people. The kind of which we might be embarrassed and people pray for us more than we list them as a “prayer request” at church. Upon reflection, we can see how God worked even through these darkest days of life. I was reflecting recently on some of my own times of brokenness.