The dictionary defines it as, “breakable, weak, thin, vulnerable, flimsy, unsubstantial, easily destroyed or not strong.”
Those words usually bring about images of glass, china and other delicate objects. Recently I have been challenged with the fragile nature of our heart and spirit as I have walked with a dear friend while she wrestled with deep hurts.
In our culture Fragility is generally looked at as weakness. We tend to value strength rather than tenderness.
There are times in life when we face situations and obstacles and are able to handle what life throws at us with ease and grace.
And then there are times when the assaults are relentless, deeply personal and cut to the quick of our heart and soul.
We are left feeling battered, beaten, bloody and broken. It is in these times of deep hurt that we find ourselves fragile and vulnerable.
When I am hurting, vulnerable and feeling exposed, what I want is to wrap myself in bubble wrap to avoid the jostling and jarring of life, love and relationships.
I want to be insulated and protected from all possible hurt and humiliation, but like a Ming Vase or Waterford crystal, we were not created to remain wrapped in bubble wrap and stored on a shelf.
God created us to be held and put on display for His purpose and glory.
Sometimes while on display we get knocked over. We get chipped, dented, dirty and broken. Our hearts get manhandled and misused.
We get hurt in relationships where we once trusted another with our heart.
We experience abuse, grief, illness, depression and humiliation.
We want to run and hide. We self medicate, we deny, we place blame and we try desperately not to let others see us in this fragile state.
There is however no shame in being fragile, broken or tender.
Jesus came to heal the broken hearted, He came to heal the sick and the lame. He came to offer life and life eternal.
The question is, are we willing to let Him have His way with our heart?
When we are broken, shattered and pieces are missing from our heart, it is hard to trust and believe that God can restore us.
He can and will restore our faith in Him, ourselves and in others if we admit we are fragile and broken…for there is beauty in the broken.
Guard your heart always, for it is the wellspring of Life.
Grace & Peace ~ Karen