Day 12: This is Temporary // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness
Hi there! This is day 12 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.
The trouble with pain is that, when we’re in it, it feels like it’s never going to end. Something that has given me hope in the middle of suffering over and over again is remembering that all brokenness is temporary. Our problems seem like mountains when they are in front of us, but we realize they are much smaller in the rearview mirror. Ever see a baby completely lose it when her mom walks out of view? An adult can see that mama has just stepped into the next room and will be right back. It’s no big deal. But to the baby, it’s a very big deal. Unable to see her mom, she fears that mom is gone forever and there is now no one to take care of her. We are like this.
In the middle of the mess, it seems like the mess is all there is. We forget so quickly that there was a time when we did not feel like this, and there will be a time when we will feel better again. Suffering screams so loudly that we cannot hear the voice of hope. If we could, it would say, “This is not forever. Hold on a little longer.”
I love this show on Netflix called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Ellie Kemper (hilarious Erin from The Office) plays Kimmy, a young woman who is rescued from an underground bunker where she had lived for 15 years after being abducted by a cult leader in the eighth grade. (It’s funnier than it sounds, I promise.) At one point, she shares with a friend the way that she handles unpleasant situations by counting to 10. She learned to do this while being forced to turn a heavy crank handle that powered her captor’s electricity in the bunker. “You can do anything for 10 seconds,” Kimmy says, explaining that she gets through hard moments by counting to 10, then repeating as she moves on to another 10 seconds, and so on. It’s a way to keep moving and not get snowed under by the difficulty in front of her.
This is a silly example, of course, and life is not TV. But I think the basic principle holds true for most situations that require an element of coping. We can make it through just about anything for 10 seconds. Try counting it out next time you feel overwhelmed, and let it remind you that every brokenness is temporary in Christ. One day, looking back, all this pain will be like 10 seconds. Just a blip on the radar, a snag in the beautiful and wonderful plan God has for your precious life. My hope for you is that your brokenness will be healed sooner than soon, but even if it doesn’t happen during your whole lifetime, remember there is no brokenness in the Kingdom of Heaven. He who has begun a good work in you will not fail to complete it (Phil. 1:6) and you will be made whole, even if the timing is different from what you’re expecting. Wait expectantly for the Lord, and remember that this is only 10 seconds. You can do anything for 10 seconds, strong sister. I’m cheering you on.