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Day 29: When the Lights Go Out // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
29

photo: Simon Robben

Hi there! This is day 29 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.

When it gets really bad, and I feel the most broken, I imagine that Jesus might not have any use for a screwup like me.

If you could watch a 5 minute video of the worst things I’ve ever done in my life, you wouldn’t want to have anything to do with me. You sure as heck wouldn’t want to sit there and read what I share. 

Yet God uses this ministry. He must know something I don’t.

When it gets really bad, and you feel the most broken, I imagine that you also have felt like Jesus might not have any use for you.

I imagine you also have one of those videos of the worst things you’ve ever done, and that they are nothing you’re proud of.

Yet God can use you to do incredible things. He must know something you don’t.

Paul was a murderer who specifically targeted Christians to prosecute and kill.

John was in prison.

David sent someone into the front lines of battle just so he could sleep with the man’s wife.

Moses was almost killed as a baby, and abandoned in a basket.

Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.

Abraham and Sarah didn’t trust God and even laughed at His promises.

Even Jesus on the cross poured out His heart to His Father, asking, “why have You forsaken me?”

Have you ever flown on a plane at night? They do something curious during takeoff and landing: they dim the cabin lights. This only happens when it is dusk, dawn, or nighttime outside, and what I never realized was that they do it for safety reasons, to make sure your eyes are adjusted enough to see the floor lights leading you along the aisle in the event of an emergency situation or crash. I always notice because I’m usually trying to read a book and get annoyed when I can’t see anymore. THANKS, SAFETY. Ha. But the pilot does it because he knows something I don’t – namely that my safety is more important than being able to get to the next chapter of my book. You can tell when you’re about to take off because the plane will go completely dark.

On your darkest days, He has not forsaken you. In fact, His big plans might shock you. Just look what He has done with those mentioned above whose stories looked like they were over. Whose lives looked like they’d blown it completely, or like nobody wanted them, or like they were the outcast, abandoned by God and everybody else. But that’s not the whole story. He knew something they didn’t – that each one of them, against the odds, would go on to do amazing things for His kingdom.

If you are in a place where all you see is darkness and fear, be encouraged. Maybe you’re about to take off.

-c

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4 Responses to Day 29: When the Lights Go Out // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

  1. Great analogy of the dimming of the lights. I never knew that. Great post.

  2. my safety is more important than being able to get to the next chapter of my book. You can tell when you’re about to take off because the plane will go completely dark. OH YEAH, this is good!

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