09 Living with Brokenness - Christopher Mendonca

posted Mar 13, 2019, 10:23 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 10:23 AM ]
Brokenness is the leitmotif of the Biblical narrative.
It is the single thread that is woven into the fabric of life
as it intertwines itself between our amnesia and God's mindfulness,
between our infidelity and the LORD's faithfulness.
It begins with the story of Abram.
Presented with a vision of the LORD, who promises to be his shield,
he replied: "What can you give me, seeing that I am childless?" (Genesis 15:1-2)
Sarah's barrenness and his advancing years
only served to give his life a hollow ring;
the physical condition of his wife resonated well
with his feeling of emptiness at the time.
Not too surprising,
except that as the Letter to the Hebrews points out
he was being called by the LORD to look out into the starry sky
and in it find meaning beyond his own emptiness
and the barrenness of his wife Sarah.
Faith would give substance to his hopes
and convince him of realities as yet unseen. (Hebrews 11:1)
When our emptiness presents itself,
God's fullness far exceeds it.