God Heals the Broken Heart

Recently a young lady came to my office to explain to my assistant and me that she had received some bad news.  She and her fiancé had been making plans to get married next year.  I was honored to have been asked to officiate at their wedding.  However, her fiancé began to have second-thoughts about the marriage, and then broke off the engagement.  The young lady came by to inform me that I could remove the wedding from my calendar. 

As she told us the news it was apparent that her heart was broken.  Tears flowed down her cheeks as she told of her continued love for the young man she thought she would be spending the rest of her life with.

But what came through the tears was more than sadness … there was amazing faith.  She talked of how God was teaching her about His ministry to the broken-hearted.  She quoted Psalm 51:8: “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.”  She marveled that bones that were crushed by sorrow could dance with joy and gladness once again.

Earlier that day I heard a song on Christian radio that gripped my attention.  The song, entitled “Blessings,” by Sarah Story carries an incredible message:

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops?
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

And what if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?

I remembered only a few lines from the song, and tried to repeat them (not sing them!) to her.  Imagine my amazement when the broken-hearted young lady began to recite the words of nearly the whole song from memory.  She had clung to those Scripture-based words over the last several days as she went through the pain of deep disappointment.

There’s something very cavernous in those words, “What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy.”

 This may be hard for any of us to believe, but it’s worth whatever pain God has to bring us through in order to teach us that awesome, liberating truth.

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    Dr. Michael Dean has been the senior pastor at Travis Avenue Baptist Church since 1991, having also served churches elsewhere in Texas and New Mexico. He and his wife Nan are blessed with two married children and three grandchildren. With a keen sense of calling to shepherd the flock of God entrusted to his care, Michael longs to see people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. His hobbies include long-distance running, golf and hunting.

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