A mentor of mine once said, “Robin, we have to be broken before we can be made whole again.” We certainly all have our own experiences of being broken. The ending of relationships, the sudden news of being laid off from work or contracts not being renewed are just two ways in which we can find ourselves broken. This is a time of anger, disorientation and confusion as we find our way through the myriad of emotions we may be feeling.
But it is in these times of being broken that God can do God’s best work in us. We are never broken forever. Soon, over time, we begin to pick up the pieces, learn from previous experiences and begin to embrace what new opportunities become available to us. Friends and family, people who love us best surround us and we begin to see our world in a new way. Slowly but surely the pieces of our old self are put back together in a new way.
Along the road to Emmaus the disciples do not recognize they are talking to Jesus. He is, at that moment, just another person on the road that day. Only after the journey, while at dinner when Jesus blesses and breaks bread, that the disciples recognize Jesus.
It is in hindsight, after the journey and experience of being broken, that we can look back and recognize the hand of God in our brokenness and in making us whole again.
- Rev. Robin Ruder Celiz/All Saints Anglican Church