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When I was in year 11 the big excitement for the year was that we got to go to the ball.  It was a big deal, well for a girl.  On the Friday before the ball my dreams came true.  The boy I liked asked me to go to the ball with him.  Swoon!  I had my dress and shoes and everything ready and was just waiting for this one magical moment to happen.

That afternoon as I was biking home I was knocked off my bike.  I knew my leg was broken.  But I walked the 2km home, with my bike, because pre cell phone, what do you do right?  I got home and my mum was like, I think you’re okay, your stockings aren’t even ripped….  But I knew, and the dr confirmed, that my leg and ankle was broken in 4 places.

And for those that want to know, yes I went to the ball, with the boy, on crutches, in a cast that my cute knee high cocktail dress did not cover….

Sometimes things might look all okay on the outside.  We put our public faces on and face the world with a Im fine when the reality is that on the inside things might be falling apart, or we’re drifting away from God or walking through a difficult season.

The stockings might not be ripped but on the inside we are broken.

 

Firstly, our brokenness is never an excuse to not drawing near to God.  He is close to the brokenhearted, has compassion on the weak, and is the good shepherd.  Often we feel our weakness disqualifies us from drawing near to God and we forget that He calls Himself our Father.   He is intensly personal and intesnly loving.  He is gracious and merciful.  No pain or struggle is too great.   No problem is an obstacle to God’s love.   In fact God’s love is the remedy and antedote for the pain and weakness in our lives.

Hebrews 4:16 says Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

It is in our time of need, when we need mercy and grace, when we feel our most unconfident that God invites us to approach Him.   He’s not the kind of God that says just put on your big boy pants and get your act together – unless you need that in His most loving wisdom – but He is the God who wraps Himself around us and carries us, who heals us.

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