The Surprising Reason Our Brokenness Is The Best Thing

By Kaley Thompson Spring means it’s time to plant things. Fix up the yard. Finally put something in that empty pot on the front porch.

My grandmother is a professional when it comes to spring gardening so when I decided to purchase my first real plant she’s the first one I called.

With a kill count of two cactuses, the conversation started out like this. “I bought a real plant this time. A REAL thing that needs WATER and SUNLIGHT and how in the world do I keep this thing ALIVE!"

The first thing she told me about was soil. For anything to grow, the soil has to be good and broken. And all of the sudden, I understood why our brokenness is the best thing that could ever happen to us. In Matthew 13, Jesus shared a parable about seeds. Some feel on hard soil and were scattered. Others fell among thorns and were choked out. A few were planted but didn’t sprout roots so they withered away. However, verse 23 says “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!"

The seed that fell on good, broken soil produced the harvest. And it not only grew, it multiplied!

When circumstances or people break us apart, stir things up, they’re actually preparing us to grow. They’re making our lives fertile soil to allow God to plant something deep into our hearts so that we produce great things.

I once read this radical statement, “Let’s root for each other and watch each other grow."

Brokenness hurts. We don’t understand it most of the time. It’s hard to trust that God is up to something good when this seems bad. However, if we’ll encourage each to allow the hard times to make our hearts soft, our brokenness will cultivate good soil that sprouts something awesome in our soul.

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