Broken!


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I was in Dollar Tree one night, some time ago, and there was a lady with two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, and the other one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks, and the toddler was screaming for them. The Mom opened the pack and gave him one which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling; but then the bigger boy took it, and the toddler started screaming again. Just as the Mom was about to fuss, the older child bent the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler. As we walked outside at the same time, the toddler noticed that the stick was now glowing; and his brother said, “I had to break it so that you could get the full effect from it.”

I almost ran, because l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.”

That precious child was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glow stick around in the air, because he didn’t understand what it was created to do – which was “glow.”

There are some people who will be content just “being,” as they are, but some of us are chosen, out of the crowd, as it were . . . we have to be “broken,” for us and others to “see” the full effect.

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We have to get sick.
We have to lose a job.
We go through a divorce.
We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child . . .

In those moments of desperation, we were broken. But . . . when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created. So when you see us glowing, just know that we have been broken, and we are now useful to the Creator for the purpose for which we were made!

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There is a saying my wife’s mom used to tell me often times; “Jesus is the Rock. If you fall on the Rock you will be broken and He can use you. If you let the Rock fall on you, you will be crushed to dust, and thus useless.” I later found this is Scripturally accurate; (Matthew 21:44). Mom knew what she was talking about!


Thanks to my wife’s cousin, Robin Smith for posting this on social media.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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