At church on Sunday, I talked to my good friend, Judy Harrison. She told me how God shattered her “into a billion little pieces,” and piece by piece He is putting her back together to be a vessel for Him.
As she was talking, God spoke to my soul and said, “Maddy, this is what I have been doing for you.”
In Italy, God broke me. When I faced a tough situation, I could not run into the comforts of my home. I was a thousands of miles away from home, across the Atlantic Ocean, on a different continent.
In those six weeks, the Lord taught me about the beauty of friendship and exactly what it means to bear one another’s burdens. In those six weeks, the Lord taught me to fully rely on Him. In those six weeks, the Lord broke, mended, and made me whole again.
This summer, the Lord has been working within me, even at times when I could not understand what He was trying to accomplish. I know it will sound cliché when I say this, but I thought when God told me to go to Italy He was going to allow me to plant seeds and change peoples’ lives…but as I look back, I think He allowed me to go to Italy, so He could change my life.
While I was there, I read Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. It is an incredible book for the believer and nonbeliever alike. It shows each reader what Christianity is about without forcing the reader to believe anything. It has had such an impact on me, and I am so thankful for people like C.S. Lewis who write the truth with no sugar coating. He also puts into perspective what we Christians believe with examples that I would’ve never thought of. There is one section that stuck out to me, especially as I am writing this blog post. C.S Lewis says, “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
No wonder I had to go and serve in Italy for 6 weeks… He had a lot of repairing, removing, and replacing to do within me!
I’m thankful for my time in Italy. I’m thankful for Mrs. Judy allowing the Lord to work within her, so He could show me what He was accomplishing within me. I’m thankful that the Lord made a broken vessel, like me, beautiful.
So… If the Lord is working in your life and you cannot see how it is going to be beneficial in any way at the moment, just know that the final product is so worth it. Allow God in to the very depths of your soul to make you a new creation. He knows exactly what He is doing.
I am praying for all of you today…that you would see the Lord working in your life and give Him praise!
I love you all so much.
“We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16-18
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16