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Have you been ruined by love?

To reference one of my favorite quotes from the movie Moonstruck

Ronny Cammareri: Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn’t know this either, but love don’t make things nice – it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*.’

Has your heart been broken?  You are in good company.  There is a song that says “He died of a broken heart for you and me”.  Jesus suffered brokenness of heart, spirit and body because of  His love for us.

If we are to be joint heirs with Him we must also suffer with Him.  In our brokenness He is glorified.  Sometimes the pain is deep because the hardness of heart is deep.

I wrote about our tree removal in a previous blog “Reflections on Loss”.  The tree was removed, new plants were put in place, but we just couldn’t get the yard to look the way we wanted. 

My brother who is a paving contractor came to survey the project.  He noticed that many of the roots had not been removed.  He ordered major surgery on the yard.  So today with heavy equipment the yard was once again ripped up, large roots were dug out-a deep gash was made in the lawn.  After that, the dirt was graded and fresh sod put down. 

Sometimes deep surgery is needed on our hearts to free them from the hardness we have built from past sin and hurt.  The wall  prevents a healthy heart that can shed the love of God into other hearts.

This is why James 1:2,3 says “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.’

In the brokenness of heartache God does the deep surgery to free our hearts to better feel and to give. Nothing touches our life without  God’s permission.  Thank Him and look to Him to allow your brokenness to better serve Him.