I read this awesome blog post called Foster Care Will Wreck You this morning that a friend put on my Facebook timeline. I had never seen the blog before but the article is well worth the read.
It got me thinking about the word wrecked. Wrecked is different than ruined ... and being wrecked, in the light of the gospel, is not a bad thing.
I have several friends and some coworkers who are going through some really tough stuff right now. I guess we have been too. I know that they feel wrecked, like we did last week at our house.
You know the feeling -- it is that "sit and stare into space for a very long time because I have no idea what to do" place. Those "there are no easy answers and this seems impossible" thoughts rushing through our minds. Emotions scream "I can't take this any longer. Please make it stop" and our bodies physically react to the stress. We find tears just behind our eyelids wanting to escape for days at a time. We can't see the answers and we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that we cannot in our own strength handle our present circumstances.
But that is where being wrecked leads Christians to a new place. There's a line in an old song that says, "When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, the Father's full giving has only begun."
Because, my friends, there is a timeless truth that none of us want to embrace, but it is true regardless.
If we never get wrecked we will never be rescued. And during the times when God steps in to rescue us we experience new levels of joy and blessing that can never come without the wreck. It also gives us the ability to recognize when others are wrecked and step in to help them as well.
I love the line in the blog post that I linked above that says.
"because your heart has already been shattered into pieces, it has made it easier to share."
So if something is wrecking you today realize that God is working. Good things will come of this, even if you can't see it now.
If you're in a good place, listening to this song may not have an impact on you today. But if you are in the process of being wrecked as God prepares for your rescue, it will bring you to tears. It did me today.