“Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again”!
Does anyone know where that line comes from? If you grew up in the 70’s you probably have a clue. The Bee Gees 1971, a few years before their super stardom. I was 9 and didn’t know much about broken hearts. They along with just about every other musician or group were trying to find the secret to healing broken hearts. Not much has changed as the decades have continuously passed, musicians are still trying to give the answer to this in their oh so poignant, melodious tunes.
Have you ever had your heart broken?
Well, I’m no longer 9 and unfortunately have to answer that question with a resounding YES.
There are different circumstances that can lead to a broken heart.
Usually we attribute this to a breach in a relationship, a deception of some sort, cheating, lying, infidelity. Broken hearts can be caused by trusting in someone who turns on you. They can be caused by our leaving them open, unprotected. We can inflict pain upon others or upon ourselves leaving us broken hearted by our unwise or misinformed choices.
A broken heart can also be caused by the loss of someone special in our lives. When my oldest brother died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm it was the first time I remember literally feeling my heart break even though I had gone through “heartbreak” many times before. It happened again when my dad passed away. It was a real, physical sensation as much as when I broke my arm. How could this heal, you can’t put a cast on a broken heart!
Whatever the case may be we have only one heart and only ONE who will never break our heart and only ONE who can truly mend it!
My daughter Katherine reminded me just how fragile our hearts can be and more importantly how God can lift one broken, bleeding heart from the muck and the mire, the desperate circumstances of life, and heal it.
Katherine had an art project due, a surreal piece. After coming home from youth group one night she was excited because she had been inspired to create the perfect piece! Her youth pastor had spoken on pure hearts, the importance of protecting them, but if they were broken/ damaged, how God could heal them.
She explained how she would draw God’s hands with a heart in them. Now I’m thinking a cute “valentine heart.” How sweet.
Oh was I ever shocked when she came to me completed work in hand and it was a rendering of an actual bruised and bleeding heart….held so gently, tenderly in a representation of the loving hands of our Heavenly Father. How might you ask could I tell they were tender and loving hands…. this is the beauty and the mystery of the Holy Spirit working through someone to convey a message. This someone? My 13 yr old daughter.
That was not all….a pool of water depicting baptism, a crown of thorns, a rose once tainted, covered by the blood, washed as white as snow. Without so much as one word this mixed medium, surreal, what started as an “art project” became so much more.
It illustrated complete redemption and restoration.
It hit me like a steamroller, in a positive way if you can imagine. There was an instantaneous release of pain, heartbreak, disappointment, locked away memories and emotions I’m not sure I knew I had! A matter of what seemed like forever but in reality was mere minutes.
I was speechless, in tears, in awe of how the Holy Spirit had spoken so clearly, so directly, not only inspiring but gifting Katherine with the ability to create a piece that speaks so vividly, so filled with the message of hope, of true healing!!!
“Retrieved, Redeemed, Restored, Renewed”
This was the message! This is what God did for us, does for us today. When our hearts are broken seemingly beyond repair for whatever reason and the darkness begins to creep in, in whatever manner through grief, deception, from not guarding our hearts, God can pick these bruised, bleeding, broken hearts up and restore them to new.
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”
It astounds me that we forget this! How do we make sure to remember this daily, to treasure this gift of grace and the ultimate love of the Perfect Father? Fill your heart with all that is of Him!
You don’t have to walk around with a broken heart. Let God do a miraculous work in your heart as he’s done in mine. The things that were heartbreaking whether intentional or not, whether inflicted by someone else or self inflicted, no longer have a hold on my heart. The memories of loved ones lost no longer makes my heart ache though I will always miss them and still tear up at certain reminders. Ask each day for wisdom in protecting and strengthening your heart. My prayer each day is to remove what is not of God and fill those spaces with all that is. It’s a work in progress that really is working!
As beautiful as the Bee Gees and many other artists songs are, as tear jerking as they can be, as much as they can tug at the heart there is no complete, true healing in any of them. There’s only ONE that can restore and renew, make strong and pure, your precious heart. Only ONE who can heal.
Close your eyes, feel Him holding your heart, feel the heal!!