Isn’t it heart wrenching to accidentally break for your favorite something? Especially if it’s a priceless heirloom handed down from generations past with no way to replace it. You just feel like someone kicked you in the stomach. But, the thing The Lord doesn’t want us to put too much value in material things.
And, God is even specific when He tells us to guard our heart for out if comes the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). I sure have suffered a broken heart before and that feeling is worse than breaking my favorite vase. When the heart hurts, it’s like every bone in your body is broken. Unfortunately, with some material possessions the pieces might can’t be put back together but with God, the heart can.
When my heart was broken, each part represented several feelings: disappointment, depression, envy, anger, betrayal, loneliness, and many more. I had to give God each piece one at a time and wait till I was over that one emotion before giving the next one to Him.
We are slow at growing, it takes years to learn sometimes one simple truth. Our sinful nature doesn’t help either. We are innate by nature drawn to the negative. So, it takes diligence, perseverance, tenacity and faith to get up everyday to overcome those bad thoughts and react positively to whatever comes our way. Walking with The Lord gives us many, many opportunities to test our growth. We have chances to forgive others, react to adversity, to remain cool and calm when bad thoughts come into our minds and a whole host of other situations designed to help us be more like how Jesus wants us to be.
Life is all about choices even with guarding our hearts. The truth is, stuff happens and it can either (a) shake our world upside down; or (b) not overtake us. If I take something bad in my heart and go away bitter, I’ve done myself a disservice. That’s not to say that we should never show our feelings, but what I am saying is whatever happens doesn’t have to utterly destroy us to where life becomes unbearable.