“By believing against all odds and loving against all odds, that is how we are to let Jesus show in the world and to transform the world.”- Frederick Buechner
“Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 11 of The Broken Way by noting the folly of pretending to have it all together. In truth, when you feel broken and falling apart- that’s when you experience the most love. Furthermore, courageous people allow the brokenness to come.
Therefore, Ann exhorts, “go for broken. Go for broke. Something holy happens in your broken places. Self-sacrifice saves your true self.
As a result, we must continuously pick up our crosses. In doing so, Ann encourages, we make “Christ present against the lies, right in the midst of brokenness. . . . Believe there is powerfulness in your brokenness. . . . Carrying your cross is about carrying your pain in such a way that it makes it into love.”
Although tough times never last, those who hang tightly onto God persevere. And whether or not we perceive it, Christ’s already hanging on tightly to us. Consequently, the broken edges of your heart define the places where you let the love enter.
In conclusion, Ann offers these words of hope:
“But if we can be patient, let ourselves be helped, turned around, loved real- maybe we can see the way home.”
Today’s question: What Bible verses enable you to demonstrate believing against all odds? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Repentance- the whole life of believers”