Day 6: You Are Invited // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness
Hi there! This is day 6 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.
So many of us walk around lonely.
Sometimes I catch myself scrolling through Facebook and feeling like everyone has more friends than I do, more fun than I do, and a better life than I do. There are a thousand cute family photos that produce a twinge in the part of my heart that aches to be a mama. I’m genuinely thrilled for the latest friend who just got engaged, but I also feel the familiar sting reminding me that that hasn’t happened for me yet. Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person I know whose life hasn’t started, who doesn’t have it all figured out.
Usually, all it takes is coffee with one of my girls to set me straight. We sit down, things get real, and we both breathe a sigh of relief as we realize the other one’s life isn’t perfect either. We’re not alone. The thing is, my married friends have problems, too. My friends with babies have to deal with their own stuff. And when I’m feeling uninvited and left out and excluded from everything and feeling like everyone has forgotten about me, I’m always shocked when I talk to a friend and find out she’s feeling that way, too. More of us are standing in that place than we think.
Today, God is whispering to my heart: “You are invited.”
I need this reminder because my brokenness likes to trick me into thinking I am not invited, I am not welcome, I do not belong. I need this reminder because I was an awkward, know-it-all, chubby little girl who found herself alone a lot. I need this reminder because one of my parents skipped out on me before I was born, and that comes with the sneaking feeling that I was not planned or wanted. Maybe I wasn’t wanted by my earthly father, but my Father in heaven planned for me. I long for the day when that truth will ring louder in my heart than the enemy’s lies, but until that time, I will keep leaning in and listening for the voice of God reminding me I am invited. I am His. I am His workmanship and He is delighted by me. I am supposed to be here. You are, too.
Whatever you’re dealing with, you have an identity in Christ. You are not here by accident. You did not sneak into the party. You are wanted here, even in your brokenness. You are invited.