The crutch that will heal our bro­ke­ness

Hawke's Bay Today - - Indulge - Lynda Elling­ton

The old say­ing, “Now, don’t quote me on this,” is a sure sign that what we may be about to hear, or share, is not con­firmed as fac­tual in­for­ma­tion.

Com­pa­nies of­ten sign a quote, as an es­ti­mate of what the fi­nal cost of their prod­uct or ser­vice, is ex­pected to be. In the dic­tio­nary, the word ‘es­ti­mate’ is de­scribed as: ‘writ­ten state­ment in­di­cat­ing the likely price that will be charged for spe­cific work or re­pairs’. If we were to get quotes for all the dam­aged pieces of our lives; past, present and even what is yet to come, where on earth would we start?

How do we es­ti­mate the cost of fix­ing a bro­ken heart hun­dreds of times, from child­hood to present day? How do we es­ti­mate the cost of re­build­ing our self-es­teem af­ter it has been crushed over and over again? What would be the es­ti­mate for bro­ken prom­ises? Which hos­pi­tal ward would we go to? How do we es­ti­mate the in­sur­ance premium for an emo­tional break­down when we have faced one stum­bling block too many? How about the cost of a crushed spirit when what you thought would be, will never be?

That is a lot of bro­ken­ness. Of­ten we feel we have no choice but to carry all this bro­ken­ness ev­ery sin­gle day. No won­der we are ex­hausted.

I love th­ese verses from The Bible (The Pas­sion Trans­la­tion), 1 Peter 5:7, Pour out all your wor­ries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he al­ways ten­derly cares for you.

1 Peter 5:10, And then, af­ter your brief suf­fer­ing, the God of all lov­ing grace, who has called you to share in his eter­nal glory in Christ, will per­son­ally and pow­er­fully re­store you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.

As be­liev­ers we are of­ten told in an ac­cus­ing tone that God is our crutch. Never a truer word has been spo­ken. I, for one, need Him ev­ery sin­gle hour. I lean on Him. I rely on Him. I love and trust in Him. Crutch? Ab­so­lutely.

C — Christ

R — Reaches

U — Us

T — To

C — Cease

H — Hurts.

Bless you as we have left be­hind the chill of win­ter and are in the bloom of spring. Now for a re­as­sur­ing word from The Bible.

Proverbs Chap­ter 3: Trust in the Lord com­pletely, and do not rely on your own opin­ions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in ev­ery de­ci­sion you make. Be­come in­ti­mate with him in what­ever you do, and he will lead you wher­ever you go. Don’t think for a mo­ment that you know it all, for wis­dom comes when you adore him with un­di­vided de­vo­tion and avoid ev­ery­thing that’s wrong. Then you will find the heal­ing re­fresh­ment your body and spirit long for.

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