By Jennifer Thomas
You have heard the expression, “falling apart at the seams.” Life often feels like this doesn’t it? Things you once did stop being useful; what you are doing is no longer needed or working. Plans fall apart, maybe even you fall apart. Sometimes it takes a falling apart in our spiritual lives for us to find our place of mending that can only be done by our Healing Savior. The One who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I read this quote recently and it so moved my heart. “It takes more faith to fall apart with Jesus than to stay strong enough to stop it from happening.” Read that again and read these words from 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
As I struggle with feelings of falling apart in some ways, I hear in my spirit these tender words from our loving Father,
“Come to me with a humble heart. I see your weariness and the burdens you carry. Cast it all on me, because I care for you. It is too much for you. Come and get away with me. Walk with me and talk with me. Open wide the windows of your heart. Let your soul breathe again. You are safe with me. Let those wounded, tender and untraveled spaces be mine and yours. I see them, all of them. Let me in, open your hands and let go. Let me help you make space for the rest of your story —our story. Be patient with yourself. Don’t rush the process. With every ending there is a beginning and I can hardly wait for you to see all that I have for you.”
Sometimes in life when it feels like everything is falling apart at the seams, in reality it may be falling right into place. We may not see it with our own eyes, but we can have faith and trust in Christ, our Lord, who invites us to fall apart in His loving arms as often as we need too.