I must say, this song ‘Broken Vessels’ is beautiful … not just the music, but the lyrics.
The first four lines are a description of what my life was, and what it became. It was broken and scattered and then because of God’s mercy, I was mended and whole. And, set free!
Have you experienced this? I know this seems strange to be using this song to minister, but God is not against music, He is not against lyrics. Have you read Psalms? Songs of the people praising God, crying out to Him in fear, worry and watching their hearts turn to God in complete trust and praise!
Right now, wherever you are (not driving, though), open this song and with your eyes closed, listen to the lyrics and imagine this is speaking about you.
All these pieces
Broken and shattered
In mercy gathered
Mended and whole
but not foresaken
I’ve been set free
I’ve been set free!
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost
But now I’m found
Was blind but now I see
Oh, I can see you now
Oh, I can see the love in Your eyes
Laying yourself down
Raising up the broken to life
You take our failures
You take our weakness
You set your treasure
In jars of clay
So take this heart, Lord
I’ll be Your vessel
The world to see
Your life in me!
Life of Brokeness
Right now, are you in a place of brokenness? Are you in a place of stress, of overwhelm, of feeling unimportant or unloved?
Is your marriage one of distance, of anger, of mistrust, of feeling misunderstood?
God has a much better life for us! So, does He want us to just toss it, to throw out what our lives are?
I find fitting this scripture in Psalm 25:1-22
“To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul, I trust in You, my God! Do not let me be disgraced or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in You will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You. ”
Now, I am only giving you part of the scriptures and I’m going to ask that you open up your Bible and read the rest of this chapter. In fact, park there and read it every day for 2 weeks, slowly.
Who is the enemy?
So many times, because of things happening unexpectedly in our lives, I think we see the enemy as a physical person, with a name, with a face we can see. Right?
While the attacks usually do come from a physical body, they are coming because of the plans of satan. And, if we focus on these things, we will be trapped.
What do I mean? Roadrunner (my husband) and I have an elderly lady as a friend. She is always so worried that she is going to die and has felt that way each time she doesn’t feel good … for the last 7 years.
But, each time, because of prayer, because of faith in God, she pulls through.
However … however … you knew this was coming, right?
However, while she was telling us that she is worried that something is going to happen and she’s trying to make sure everything is taken care of, God speaks to me and tells her …
Susan, when we are so focused on what is all around us, trying to make sure that we have the future intact, trying to make sure this is done and that is done and so on … we forget to look up to God and ask Him his plans!
This song and the scriptures all amount to one thing! Trust in Christ, it’s not about performing, it’s about abiding in Christ and being open to changes of heart and mind.
What are you going to do today?