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Broken Woman

  • July 28, 2020
  • By DIVA
Broken Woman

By: Precious Alio

It is easy for us to fathom what God can do in a woman who has ticked all the boxes of what it means to be righteous or pure according to God’s standards but difficult to imagine the same grace extended to a woman, broken by this world.

How then is a flawed and impure woman used by God?

Rahab was a woman who lived in sexual brokenness. Her body was used as an object of a different kind of worship. All she knew was what and where her body took her. She saw different parts of herself in the different men who called to her body, yet God called to her spirit and in Him she saw her true self. The men came and went, but for some reason God kept on calling, knowing her past and calling her still…

Hannah knew a different kind of pain and brokenness. She longed for a child to call her own, a child who would continue her lineage and take away her reproach. She could not find comfort in the words or arms of her husband, so she went to God. He offered her solace and she poured her heart out to Him, praying desperately for something only He could give, promising to give back to Him whatever He gave her…

The Samaritan Woman
This is a story of repeated cycles and situation-ships. Five husbands before and a present man who was not her husband. She had six men already and yet a seventh man (Jesus) called to her. The difference in their cultural background did not stop this seventh man. Who was He? How could He tell her about her life ? Why her? With her broken life, how could she be singled out to meet this Jesus, taste His Living water and in turn be a witness to proclaim Christ the Messiah to her people? How unorthodox could this man be that He would give a woman like her this privilege?

Mary Magdalene
Broken pieces still make masterpieces. Mary battled seven demons in her human frame. It was unlikely that her life would make any meaning, but then she met the Fixer. He refined her, creating beauty from ashes. Her life was given its greatest grace and honor when the Lord Jesus appeared to her first at his resurrection, making a woman a valid eye witness and calling her to be one of his disciples…

Someone said, “There is power in spoken words but longevity in written words”. The Bible is always here as a reminder of God’s grace in different contexts. Today, we see just how much His grace, mercy, love and power exists even in the most broken of people.

So what is it with God and these broken women?

He is a fixer, restorer and refiner. He puts back in place what is broken, restores what is lost and refines our impurities with his Holy Fire. He alone holds the manual to every created thing.

He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness. – Malachi‬ ‭3:3‬ ‬‬NKJV

Back to the beginning, what does it mean to be Pure? God in His grace redefines it as being consistently loved by a perfectly pure God, so that by His love (the Sacrifice of Jesus), we can be saved (without condemnation/blame). In these present times when women are being broken down by activities that seek to dehumanize or taint their bodies and leave their minds with scars, the testimonies of these women assure us of God’s grace to create beauty from the most unlikely vessels.

How then is a flawed and impure woman used by God?
She pours her broken pieces at the feet of her father. Anything given to God has found its blueprint. The Alabaster box was broken at Jesus’ feet, showing that its importance and cost would still be humbled by the Glory of Jesus. The Alabaster box served its purpose broken at His feet. Our brokenness serves the purpose of showing our humility and faith. It comes from a place of helplessness and ascribing that only with God’s help can our “True Selves “ be found.

What does God say?

He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalms 34:18 NIV

Dear DIVA, God’s call upon your life stands in spite of who you are, where you have been, what you have done or what you have been through. He sees it all and calls you beautiful still. You remain highly sought after by the Redeemer and He loves you completely and unconditionally.

By DIVA, July 28, 2020
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