Her text came across my phone, “Pray for my family to be restored. My family has fallen apart. Sad to see it happen. Breaks my heart.”
As I read her words, my heart broke with hers. I felt her pain because my family needs restoration too—at odds with my mom and dad over the care of my sister—weeping on the inside over her condition.
And I bet if we were visiting over coffee, you’d nod your head in agreement that within your own family there is brokenness.
What I know to be true is this:
*I can’t fix it on my own.
*Our enemy works at breaking up families.
*God works things all together for good—somehow—even when I can’t see how.
So then, we can rest in these truths:
*We are not alone.
God is with us. He hears our prayers and changes hearts, in His timing. Prayer makes a difference; perhaps not as soon as we ask, or in a time frame that we will ever see this side of heaven. But when we pray in the spiritual realm, it rips a seam in the atmosphere that divides between the seen and unseen. So let us join in prayer for our families.
*Brokenness does heal.
We don’t want broken families, but as we let God reset the fractures, we will find healing. Maybe it is change and revived love within our families. Perhaps it’s in the form of an improved you. Regardless, brokenness does heal and once it does, we can proclaim: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
*In the end, goodness wins.
We watch movies that leave us feeling hopeful—the guy gets the girl, the villain gets justice, and triumph trumps tragedy. Our hearts long for goodness to prevail. When we pray for the people who are unlovable, stop trying to fix things, and trust Him with the problems within our families, God gets the glory. And goodness wins.
Friend, be encouraged today. Begin by imagining what restoration looks like; you and your sibling embracing, a conversation with your mom, a healed family. See it in your mind’s eye and then start thanking God for those things in advance—living with expectation.