Expressions of faith: Falling apart or falling into place

Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

There are times in our lives when we feel hurt or broken for many reasons, for example: People pass away. People walk away. People give up on us, or we quit being in people’s lives. Maybe we dropped out o

f college or we’re kicked out, or we just didn’t have the money or the grades. We currently have a job but the money just isn’t enough to get by.

When things are falling apart, God is planning something better for you.

I’m sure that we all remember the story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob. Because of jealousy, Joseph was sold to a band of traveling Ishmaelites by his own brothers. God was with Joseph and enabled him to flourish in that situation so much that he was able to save his family during a time of great famine (Genesis 37).

Joseph didn’t know why he was in this situation, but he trusted God. He listened to the voice of the Lord and he was blessed in the mist of what seemed to be a broken situation. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you,” Deuteronomy 31:6. When we stay humble and thankful unto God for just who He is in us, He will provide for us. He will take care of us because He loves us and live in us. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on Him, because He cares for you,” I Peter 5:6-7. Sometimes God is working on a plan for us that we may not be able to see nor even understand. When we trust and believe that He will never leave us nor forsake us, He can and He will make a blessing out of a broken situation.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed,” John 8:36. There are so many things that could hold us down or hold us back, preventing us from growing, we need Jesus Christ to help us break free from low self-esteem, addictions, jealousy, anger, envy, casual drugs-use. It is very difficult to be hopeful and positive when we constantly play video games, watch shows, listen to music, read literature and socialize with individuals that demonstrate violence, display negativity and pour conflict into us. These are not caring or loving spirits.

All friendships and relationships are “till death do us part.” Some people were only meant to be in our lives for a short time; some people we were meant to help; some people were meant to help us; some people are meant for the duration. We need to learn the difference between who is to stay, and how long they should stay. If a relationship is falling apart, maybe God is tearing down some old walls and some old habits just to build something fresh, new and wonderful. Not all broken relationships are made to be pieced back together. Some relationships are like glass. They are best left broken because if we only continue to hurt ourselves trying to put them back together.

Learn how to lighten your load, so you don’t lose valuable tools needed for the journey. God knows what we need and how much we can carry, so we just need to trust Him. He will not give you more that you can bear, so we just need to trust Him. When we cannot see our way, God is guiding our every step—so we just need to trust Him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6.

When things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.