Have you ever looked down at your phone and noticed a thin line running up and down your screen? You think it’s a strand of hair or piece of dust, so you start trying to blow it away or brush it off only to find out that your efforts are fleeting because it’s actually a scratch and you must now live with that reality.
As you assess the severity of the scratch, you realize it’s not that bad. Despite the minor obstruction, you can still read your Twitter feed, you can still take selfies on Snapchat, and if you scroll just the right amount, you can still admire your crush’s newest Instagram pic even with a giant line running through their face. Point is, even though your phone is technically “damaged,” it still works.
It’s a silly example, but it illustrates the fact that a flawed exterior does not always determine functionality. Like our phones, we were designed to look a certain way and have certain features. We may start out shiny and brand new, but somewhere along the way we get dropped, cracked, and sometimes lost.
This life is full of trials and that’s no surprise. Jesus gives us a heads up on that one in John 16:33 when he says:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Whether the trial comes in the form of a broken relationship, loss of a loved one, financial struggle, or a missed opportunity, our hearts can get pretty scratched up in the process. I recently faced some trials of my own. For the past seven months or so, I have had to act as the sole provider for my mom and I with my little part-time job and full-time student workload. I was balancing school, work, church, band practice, and my sanity. Add some heartbreak, insecurity, and regret for not pursuing an awesome opportunity to the mix and that was my life for a while. It felt like my heart was getting beat up.
Though my circumstances sucked at the time (in my eyes), I found comfort in this verse:
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
If I’ve learned anything through this process, it’s that heartbreak may be inevitable, but the scratches it causes are only on the surface. What was meant to tear you up to the core only chipped off some of the exterior paint. They do not limit you and by no means do they diminish your purpose. In the midst of your brokenness and discouragement, Jesus can use you. He promises us peace and hope no matter what is happening around us and that is what makes us unbreakable.
So whatever trial(s) you are facing right now, rest assured that with Jesus, your interior—your soul, your purpose, your love, your joy—all of it remains perfectly intact.