Because of Brokenness

Because of Brokenness

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My electric teapot had been a little bit broken for a long time. The hinge on the lid was stuck and because it couldn’t close all the way, it didn’t shut off automatically. Being easily distracted, I needed that feature! One day while I was cleaning it, the top fell right off. Now it was really broken. But then I tried using it. I set the top on and it fit tight . . . allowing the shut-off sensors to work again. Broken. Yet totally usable.

This little everyday incident got me thinking of all the ways God uses brokenness. Whether we’re broken by people or circumstances beyond our control, or by our own wrong choices, God doesn’t waste brokenness.

He uses it to draw us closer to him.

I think back to a time when I said something intending to help, but ended up hurting someone dear to me. When I realized the damage I had caused, I was devastated. But, like my teapot, I needed to be thoroughly broken. That happened in the days that passed before the gift of forgiveness that healed the relationship. Through tears, I cried out to the Only One who will never tire of listening. I poured out my pain–and sensed his presence. It’s hard to describe that sweet communion, that indescribable comfort I would never have known any other way. I experienced a closeness with God in those days that I pray will never leave.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3

He uses it to give us comfort we can then extend to others.

Years ago, after my first miscarriage, I was ministered to by a friend who’d been through it herself. God used her heartache to give her words of comfort for me. Later, when God called me to crisis pregnancy counseling, my own loss fueled passion for the unborn and compassion for post-abortive women.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

In our brokenness, we are in excellent company. Scripture is replete with broken people who were used mightily by God:

Abraham felt ignored.

Joseph was betrayed.

Moses lacked confidence.

Gideon was scared.

Rahab was a prostitute.

Jacob was dishonest.

David was an adulterer.

Jonah ran from God.

Naomi was widowed.

Peter denied Christ.

Martha was a worrier.

Paul opposed God.

Interesting to note that we don’t know the stories of these people in spite of their brokenness, but because of it.

May God use your current brokenness for his glory.



Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.


  1. Great post, Becky. I have found occasion recently to rely on a friend’s brokenness to help me through a difficult time. You are right, God gives us our trials for a reason.

  2. Adrianne says:

    Joseph was betrayed by family. Possibly one of the deepest forms of pain. He pretended not to know them. Set them up to be arrested and yet when his brothers repented and asked for forgiveness he graced them with it. Because he was broken by family he could be used by God.

  3. Wow, ladies. I’ll be reflecting on this idea of family causing brokenness today. I even copied down what Adrianne said to let that sink in. Praying we all feel ministered to today over any ways we’ve been hurt throughout our lives or are being hurt by family or otherwise. Hugs!

  4. Love this, Becky! What a great reminder.

  5. Thank you for this post. So many people need to understand this. Our culture is filled with those who think brokenness is 100% negative. I used to be one of them. Brokenness is never pleasant, but doesn’t God promise beauty for ashes? Those who have been broken know this blessed truth.

    • So true, Linda. We live in an air-brushed culture that values perfection. Brokenness doesn’t “belong.” I hurt for the people who spend their time and energy trying to cover up their cracks instead of realizing how God can use them because of those cracks.

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