Please don't love me to pieces

Originally published Tuesday, 13 August 2013.

I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world. Philippians 1:6 (VOICE)

At twenty one I went through an emotional crisis of sorts. I quit my studies for the second time, I got help for the depression I struggled with and I moved 10 hours West to live with my parents. 

One day, in the middle of this time, a friend told me that she loved me to pieces. I know people say that all the time but it made me angry. 

I didn’t need someone loving me to pieces; I needed someone to love me to wholeness. 

I’ve been thinking about this incident a lot lately as I look back over the last 18 months. There has been a lot of place for brokenness, for stumbling, for emotions to be misunderstood since February 2012

But as I look back I can see that God has not left me where I started this, he has not loved me pieces.

God put his arm beneath me and moved me forward, he did not leave me when I was broken in the middle but he kept me going. That is what good friends do. 

Good friends don’t let us stay where we are because they can see who we can become. (tweet this)

And God is a good friend. The best kind of friend, the kind of companion who knows just the right thing to say or the right circumstances that I need to go through to be the best version of myself. 

I’ve been comforted by Philippians 1:6 where Paul and Timothy write about how confident they are that God will complete the work he has started in me, that God will not stop half-way but will finish. I take great consolation in that. 

God doesn’t leave us broken. (tweet this)

The Lord completes people like me. God picks up the pieces of my life and shapes them into something whole and perfect with his love. 

Ponder: What broken places of your heart do you feel like God needs to love you wholeness in?

Prayer: Thank you God that you don’t leave me to fall to pieces but love me to wholeness. Amen.

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