I want to share a message with you today from my dear friend Cindy. Cindy and I have known each other for four years. We met at the community theater I own and operate. She auditioned for my production of A Christmas Carol, and we became fast friends.
Cindy’s story is a story of brokenness, redemption, grace, and beauty. She is one of the most beautiful people I know, and her testimony has helped me to begin healing from the pain of my past. I know her message today will help you on your walk with the Lord.
Cindy thought she was taking a simple walk on the beach . . . but on that beach, she met with Jesus.
I went on one of my sunrise adventures the other day and I had an amazing experience that I wanted to share with you.
As I awoke Saturday morning, I felt the call of the sun. I got up and threw my clothes on and headed out the door. I knew I had just enough time to drive to the beach and see the sunrise. As I drove, the fog was hanging thick, but I kept driving. No matter the thickness of the fog, I knew I could still get a good walk on the beach.
As I was crossing the high-rise bridge to the beach, my heart was filled with disappointment as the thought once again entered my mind …
"Another walk on the beach - alone."Instantly, another word was spoken to my heart, “You are not alone, I am always with you. I will walk with you"
Isn’t God just amazing like that?
The Sea - Glass.
I arrived at the beach at the very moment the sun should have been rising, but there was no sun to be seen. There was only a thick layer of fog, and a very empty beach. I had not walked far when I found a beautiful piece of Sea-glass. Sea-glass is a rare find for me.
It is just an ordinary piece of broken glass with sharp edges when it first enters the sea, but the sand, salt, and waters of the sea polish and smooth out the rough edges.
Like Sea-glass, we are often broken from the tossing and turning in the sea of life, but no matter how deep the waters or how violent the sea God is always there to smooth out our rough edges.
I continued my walk and came upon a shell that was upside down in the sand. It looked like an ordinary shell. Nothing special. I picked it up and turned it over, and it revealed a beauty much different than any other I have ever found before. It was very unusual. It was unique.
I guess in life, we sometimes get turned upside down, and it appears no one sees the beauty waiting on the other side. I kept walking and found another shell that was broken but beautiful. We walk around in life feeling broken and often lose sight of our beauty until someone picks us up again.
The Path Less Traveled.
I started walking towards the more "Shelly" parts of the shore in hopes of finding more hidden treasures. As I stepped out of the mass of broken shells, I came upon a small shell. It was perfect with no chips or cracks.
The Lord spoke to my heart.
“Do not walk with the multitudes in the Sea of Brokenness. Walk in my path and you will find what you seek. Yes, the multitudes may appear to be having fun and enjoying life to the fullest, but they truly live in a Sea of Brokenness. With Me, there is PEACE and PURE JOY.”
The Living Water.
I had walked for about a mile, and I decided it was time to start heading back to my starting point. I continued to walk in the path less traveled when I heard the Lord speak to my heart once again. “Cross the sea of brokenness, and come closer to the water.”
I was walking along and I came upon another perfectly shaped shell just a little bit bigger than the one I had found earlier. God said, “Come closer to the living water, and you will grow in me.”
I looked up and saw the sea gulls standing calmly in the water as a few waves crashed upon the shore. I felt God saying, “Come to the water, and stand without fear, I am with you always.”
The Broken Glass.
A little further in my walk, I found an ordinary piece of glass. I picked it up and looked at it's sharp and pointy edges. The glass had not had a chance to be smoothed out by the sea.
It reminded me of how there are people in our lives that are sharp and rough around the edges. They haven't had a chance to experience God's love to smooth out and polish their broken pieces.
I kept walking and just a few feet later, I found the most beautiful treasure. I'm not sure if it was a rock, a stone, or a piece of asphalt. I picked it up. It was in the shape of a heart. I was filled with tears in my eyes and shouts of praises to the Lord.
How great is HIS love even in a sea of brokenness? Love conquers all. Love is the most important and most beautiful thing. His love is all we truly NEED.
The Broken Path.
I thought I was almost to the end of my walk but with the fog it was hard to see my path. Sometimes in life, it is hard to see where we are going. We don't know which way to go.
Since the fog was so thick, I looked down and started following my footprints in the sand.
I crossed a dune that I thought was my cross over to the parking lot, but when I got to the top I did not see my car. I had crossed too early. Oh Well, I said, there must be something more God wants me to learn here.
I found my cross over and began walking to my car.
As I begin walking on the rocks in the parking lot, it occurred to me what God was saying. Sometimes the last part of our walk can be the roughest, the most unstable, and full of obstacles but the journey is so worth it!
I am so happy that I was able to have a walk with the Lord. He taught me so much!
We may be broken and not completely smoothed out, but if we leave the multitudes in the sea of brokenness and walk with Him, He will smooth out our rough edges and mold us into the beautiful women He has chosen us to be. In return, our hearts will be filled with love, peace, joy, and happiness that only He can give.
I came home and I pulled out my Bible. I was trying to find some verses that went along with the lessons God had shown me during our walk. I found these words, and I was a bit overwhelmed at God's goodness.
"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong firm and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever amen." 1 Peter 5:10-11.
If we are never broken, we can never be restored with His strength. When we are broken, we will know the power of His strength through our restoration.
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
If we are never broken, we will never have a close personal relationship with Him and be saved! We must come to the Father. He knows our hearts. He is the only one that can heal our hearts and His great love.
We must rise above our brokenness and come to God for healing. My outer shell may be chipped and cracked and full of flaws, but I don't allow those imperfections to destroy the love, peace, and joy God has placed in my heart.
I am happy with my brokenness for it has restored me and given me the Strength to Stand Firm and Steadfast.
I no longer stand with the multitudes in the sea of brokenness. I stand with the Father in the sea of His love.
Cindy’s walk with The Lord ministered life to my heart in so many ways. I have been feeling broken in so many ways over the last seven years. Broken in my heart, spirit, soul, and body. But it is in the brokenness that the blessing comes. Like Cindy said, if you are never broken, you will never know the power of His strength that is putting you back together.
You may be broken today, but His love, His strength, His power is putting you back together. Not just better than before, but if you yield to Him, He is putting you back together in His perfect design.
Thank you, Cindy-Girl for sharing your story with The Felicity Bee today! You are cherished, treasured, and oh so loved!