In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
So in the course of time, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
1 Samuel 1: 11, 20
I have spent most of my life trying to fix an area where I feel broken.
Have you ever broken something of value? A piece of your grandma’s china, and expensive necklace, your child’s cherished toy. Not too long ago, I scratched my husband’s brand new car backing up into a cement wall. Ouch!! We are people who don’t like things broken, especially related to our personal life. Brokenness can often make us feel guilty, shameful, unresolved, not worthy!
I am a striver, driver, and chaser for success and achievement. I determine my worth and value by how well I perform, my success and achievement. Deep inside the chambers of my heart are lies echoing words, “I don’t measure up”. This negative belief stems from academic failures and career disappointments. Hence, my broken spirit catapulting me into the need to strive, drive, and prove my success!! When success falls short, it breaks me into a thousand, shattered, mosaic pieces!
What I have learned is….
God uses our brokenness to prepare us for a needed BREAKTHROUGH!
Hannah was a broken woman in the Bible. She was a woman like some of you; she was unable to conceive a child and enjoy the pleasures of motherhood. I imagine her struggle of not feeling worthy, valued, and important, especially in biblical days. Her hearts cry and prayers to the Lord probably got tiring month after month. But in due time, God blessed her with a beautiful son. Not an ordinary son, but an influential son who was eventually appointed to anoint David, Israel’s King.
Like Hannah, I am starting to see the purpose in my pain. Breakthrough is on the horizon, but it’s a journey and a process which doesn’t happen overnight.
Where is your spirit broken? Are you tired of trying to fix it seeing limited results? When are you going to start seeing breakthrough? My hope is you can remember the story of Hannah and these two important points:
Prayer and time is absolutely necessary for our Breakthrough!
Opposition always precedes Breakthrough!
I would love to hear your thoughts and you share your breakthrough to encourage other readers!