He Walks with the Broken
As a high school student, I recall multiple occasions where I arrived to class on a Monday morning and, shortly after the bell rang, a classmate hobbled in with a cast on their leg; relying on crutches to stabilize their gait. They had a note to excuse their tardiness and usually a good story to explain the broken limb. As they favored and catered to their injured limb and followed doctors orders for “no weight bearing”, they tended to move a bit slower and required the assistance of others to help them open doors, navigate hallways and get in and out of their desk. Because they were still practicing how to steady their own weight by balancing on one leg and two wooden pegs, they had a friend walk with them to carry their book bag and school books. In my school, the injured and their designated helper were given a tardy pass to every class due to the extra amount of time it would take them to navigate the halls. Whoever volunteered to take them to the next class was committed to walking at the pace of the one with the broken leg and would often forfeit the opportunity to chat with other friends and stop by their own locker. Their focus was solely on the needs of their friend, as they were figuring out how to walk with an injury and taking time to heal.
The more I learn and read about Jesus and the more I’ve experienced him in my own life, my eyes have been opened to see that he has a way of connecting with people in the places or moments that they are most broken and alone.
Jesus walks with the broken. He meets us right where we are and takes us on a journey of healing or faith or restoration of our soul. When we are lost, lonely, confused, hurting, insecure, ashamed, and fearful; he joins us and walks with us. As we hobble along with uncertainty of the next steps, he takes us by the hand and leads us over each hurdle. He’s not forceful or pushy. He waits on us to invite him to be part of each step we take and he walks at our pace. He encourages us to keep moving forward, to not get stuck or give up. He leads us further and further away from the pains of the past and into new beginnings and places we’ve never been before.
He approaches the outcast; welcomes the shunned; brings life to the dead.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
As we make the choice to love others as Christ loves, we must be willing to meet people where they are on their journey and walk with the broken. Some are just discovering how broken they truly are and are taking the beginning steps toward healing and restoration. Others are making consistent progress, but the process is slow and sometimes painful. And sometimes, when the dead things in our lives begin to surface, it stinks! Take it from me and my experience as a nurse, death never smells pretty. It takes genuine love to embrace the unlovely and stand by them while their hearts get a good cleansing. We need to choose to walk at the pace of others as they try to heal. We need to encourage them to keep going, even when its painful. We need to love them no matter how weak or unlovely they are in that moment.
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
About Jennie Puleo :
Jennie Puleo is a Mother, Writer, Speaker, Author and Registered Nurse. She is also the co-founder of For a Single Purpose; an online ministry designed specifically to encourage single women on all walks of life. She has always had a deep love for the Lord and her desire to serve and obey Him is what has carried her through so many of life’s chaotic circumstances. The loss of children, abandonment of spouse, chronic illness, multiple surgeries; so many times and places where God has met her in the middle of a storm! It is now her passion and purpose to share all that God has done in and through her by speaking and writing.