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    Broken Wings
    By: Lindsay Tedder

    "The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while." 1 Peter 5:10

    "Ohhhhnoooooooo" he exclaimed as he realized the butterfly we had made out of Play-doh had a broken wing. My sensitive and creative three-year-old son watched in horror as he picked up the broken-winged figure. He was completely heartbroken at the thought of something so beautiful being broken. At such a young age he already recognized wholeness and that it was something for which to strive. Instinctually I replied "Oh honey, it's ok. Sometimes you may have a broken wing, but you can still fly." The words danced off my tongue effortlessly and with no thought. I paused internally as I repeated them to myself. Then again. "Sometimes I may have a broken wing, but I can still fly."

    Wow. That's some heavy life lessons for a Tuesday morning Play-doh session.

    As I continued to sit with my son, rolling out the dough and making different shapes for him, I began to dig deeper into that sentence. I wondered if I was wrong. Did I give him the wrong answer? I was unsure. Later that evening, after he went to bed, I couldn't stop thinking about the visual of a butterfly with a broken wing and I wondered if it could fly. I sought the best place I knew to find the answer, Google, of course. I was shocked at my late-night findings.

    Butterflies can fly with a broken wing, but only if the unbroken wing is broken to match. Cutting the unbroken wing to match the damage done to the broken wing will allow the butterfly to fly again. Ok…I may be experiencing a serious sleep deficit, but this is a super heavy thought pathway that I began to meander.

    A butterfly can't fly with a broken wing unless the unbroken wing is cut in a pattern of brokenness that mirrors the broken wing.

    1 Peter 5:10 says that our King will HIMSELF restore, establish, strengthen and support us, after we have suffered a little while. I can picture myself with a wing that is broken from past issues or current hurts. In order for Christ to restore, establish, strengthen and support me, he has to make the other side match. What does that mean? Why would He need to break me more to allow me to fly? What does it look like in real life?


    When brokenness is ravaging my life, as it does more often than I'd like to admit, I find that in order to heal, I have to admit. Admission is hard for me. I am the "strong one."

    Always.

     
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