I’m not good at mending torn clothes. I have had a pile of shorts and pants on my sewing machine for a few years now. They just sit there waiting for little sewing elves to fix for me. We know that isn’t going to happen. So finally in the interest of cleaning and purging, I tossed them. They really were too far gone to be mended anyway. At least with my sewing skills.
This got me thinking of another area in our lives that needs constant mending. Our hearts. Just like I am not a seamstress, nor do I possess my mom’s sewing abilities, I am unable to tackle the job of mending my broken heart and shattered emotions. That’s God’s job. And He’s excellent at it. He wants us to bring to Him all of our broken pieces, all of our hurt feelings, our mess, and leave it with Him. He takes what is torn and broken and returns them to us new and shiny and better than before.
Have you ever had your heart broken? Maybe by a romantic relationship or even a very good friend. I have. Most likely we all have. It hurts. A lot. And the pain can get out of control if we let it. We obsess over the situation until it can be all we think about. We go over each detail carefully, wondering if there was something we could have done differently. What we could have said to make all things right.
This is not how God wants us to live. He instructs us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to “take every thought captive”. This means when we start to go down that road again, obsessing on the past hurts and failures, we are to stop. Purposely take those thoughts to God and leave them there. Remind yourself that you are no longer bound by negative thinking. You have been set free. Pray for God to replace those thoughts with new thoughts of love, joy, peace, and acceptance. You are a child of the King. He loves you with an everlasting love. If we will let go of those painful memories, He will, in His time, bring us to new relationships and experiences that are much better for us.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “We live in this world, but we don’t fight our battles in the same way the world does. The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God.