Everyone hold your hand up who has experienced a broken heart.
Would it be rash to think we all have experienced a broken heart at some point in our life? Perhaps your heart was never broken by a sweetheart, but surely there has been some loss, some painful experience, something you have witnessed that has broken your heart?
Would it be harsh to say you would have to be hard hearted to never have felt the pain of heart break? Heart break can lead us to placing barriers around our hearts to protect our fragile heart from further pain. I really believe God did not intend for us to place barriers, but instead to trust Him to protect us. We should trust Him to allow only the heart break which will further sanctify us and draw us nearer to His throne.
Heart break has inspired countless songs over the decades. "I Will Always Love You", "You've lost that loving feeling", "I'm so lonesome I could cry", "Someone like you", and on and on. Every generation has a playlist of heartbreak songs. The subjects we speak of, sing about, put in the written word are important to us. The volumes spent speaking of heartbreak speaks loudly about the impact it has on us.
A dear friend sent me this song today, a different song about heartbreak. A song filled with truth.
Oh, yes, a broken heart is better than one that does not feel. Opening my heart up to listen to the story of others is not easy. It is painful to hear the stories of those who have suffered and take a share of their pain as they grieve their broken heart. But then, I remember, Jesus could have taken the easy road, but instead He allowed His heart to be broken so that I might live the abundant life. Praying God will continue to soften my heart, give me the courage to love others, and accept the pain that comes with love as a blessing. Show me Your will, Lord and help me to be obedient to love those You place in my path.
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.