Cracks

Photo by Heather Christy

Photo by Heather Christy

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Peter 5:6-11, NIV

Sometimes other people give you cracks. Okay, scratch that. All the time. Other people break you. Any time you get in a relationship with any human being ever, you will be cracked. They will hurt you in some way shape or form. Pain is inevitable, especially in the human race. (Life is pain...and if anyone tells you otherwise, they're selling something--thanks The Princess Bride for wording it so well).

As humans, we are all broken. We recently finished the broken/whole series and I love the focus it had on God using us in our brokenness and meeting us where we are to make us whole. This is pertinent to the Christian faith. Jesus lived a perfect life but God knows we aren't capable of such. We are broken, and with Jesus covering us we find a way to walk in wholeness.

In your relationship with Christ Jesus, there is no scarring to your being. In fact, he took on all the scarring that you caused; the cuts that I created mark his back. And in your relationship, sonship, daughter-ship with Jesus, you are made whole and healed from the cracks. He is the ultimate healer; he is the Good Samaritan who restored you when you were half dead on the side of the road. 

We have caused Jesus more cracks and scars and deep, deep pains than we will ever cause anyone else in this lifetime. What I find incredible is his response to the hurt we have caused him… He simply took the beating. I’m the one who beat him. Have you ever stopped to think about the weight of this? It’s heavy.

I can’t stop thinking about the way that people in my life cause cracks in me. It’s mind-blowing to recognize we have that kind of leeway and power over another… We have the power in relationship with people to cause cracks. When others crack us, we are called to respond in love and grace. We respond in love because all we want is to reflect the love of Christ. But oh how difficult this is to remember when someone hurts you deeply! Yet, Christ is the ultimate healer and if he can heal us from ourselves and bring us back to life despite our own sinfulness, he can surely heal us from others’ sins!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-11, NIV

Whatever the hurt it is that others have caused and are causing, bring it to Jesus. Kneel at his feet and hand over the pain. Be humble before Christ, recognizing him as your healer. It is Christ’s job to restore you. It is Christ’s role to bring healing to any and all cracks. Restoration is not the responsibility of the person who caused the harm. Restoration is not attainable on your own accord. Read this again: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” The anxiety and the pain is His. When we hurt, he hurts twice as much. When we choose to humble ourselves and recognize our painful situations are more than just about ourselves, God is able to move. He is then able to restore, after we have softened our own hearts to allow his work to move forward.

Your cracks are not about you. Cast your fear and anxiety upon God, and hand it all over. When you’re able to separate it from your being, you can then assess where this is coming from. Recognize who the true and real enemy is! (Remember who the enemy is Katniss.) Because you see, Satan is the one causing the cracks. The people close to you are breaking you because they themselves are broken… Hurt people hurt people. I don’t believe that the people close to us stay awake at night wondering how to wound us… But what I do believe is that Satan takes advantage of the hurt we cause which stems from our own brokenness. Satan seeks to use our brokenness to break… Whereas God uses our brokenness to let more light in, to give a glimpse of his spirit, and to share more of his glory and testimony.  Humble yourself before Christ, that he may life you up in due time. His hand is at work; he is restoring you. Allow his light to shine through your cracks.

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Devotional written by Heather Christy. Graphic designed by Daniel Christy.