I read a Facebook post today by an author unknown about a mother and 2 sons in a dollar store. The older boy had a package of glow sticks and the toddler was crying because he wanted a stick. The mother took the package, opened it and gave it to the toddler. The toddler was then instantly comforted and happy and began walking around holding this glow stick. He was happy and content. The older child then went up to the toddler and took the glow stick from him and the toddler instantly began to cry. The older boy broke the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler. He instantly stopped crying and was filled with wonder because the glow stick was now glowing. It was not longer just a colored stick, it was glowing and beautiful and this brought instant joy and laughter to the little toddler.
The point of this story is that sometimes we have to break and God will let us break in order for us to transform and become what we were meant to become. As I said, I cannot take credit for this very poignant lesson.
God created all of us with free will. He granted us the ability to do as we please, although we all know there are consequences to our actions. There are times in everyone’s life where they are broken. Maybe the break comes with an illness, divorce, loss of a job or retirement, bankruptcy, or death of a spouse, parent or child. But at some point most people reach that point where they are at the bottom and on their knees. It is at this point one of two things can happen, that person can give up or they can allow God to transform them into what He originally intended for them to be. They put their faith in God to guide them in the path they should walk. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your OWN understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Trust the Lord. “Trust and obey for there is no other way…”
Isn’t that a hymn we learn as little children? Where does that trust go, as we get older? Why do we let it slip away?
As you are on our knees broken and wonder what to do and you hear a voice whispering in your ear, do you listen? Or do you swat at it like a pesky fly? That voice you hear is your Lord and Savior and He is saying to you: “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21). He will guide you. You just have to listen.
God will transform you; just as the glow stick was transformed once it was broken. Matthew 5:16 tells us “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Psalm 51:10-12: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
We are transformed. God is talking. Are you listening? Are you praying for God’s guidance? We sing this hymn but do you mean it?
Guide me, O Thou great *Jehovah, [*Redeemer]
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand.
Saying you believe it but doing nothing, is not believing. God will let you break but he will also take your hand and transform you, but only if you are listening and accepting.
Have a Blessed day.