Today’s post comes from a fellow twenty something, Central team member, and my friend, Amy Poole. Amy also recently shared her journey of becoming who God made her to be. Check it out here. Brew your favorite cup of coffee and dive into some incredible truths on moving forward after heartbreak…
So he broke your heart.
He made some promises he didn’t intend to keep, spoke carelessly without intention of following through, maybe he even told you the three words every woman longs to hear—I Love You—followed shortly after by an I can’t anymore. Whatever he did (or didn’t do), he left you alone and moved on without a thought about you.
Six months ago, I was faced with this exact question when my future came crashing to the ground. The plans I had made dissolved almost over night as I watched the person I cared about tell me that they no longer felt the same. So I sat, with shrugged shoulders, tears streaming down my face, asking God what He had next for me.
Maybe it’s time for you to do the same thing. Whether your dreams were crushed by an ex, a job, or maybe even a lost friendship, chances are you are experiencing or have experienced a broken heart.
So what’s next?
Mourn you’re broken heart, but don’t be consumed by it. Far too often we will let our thoughts circle around the good times in the past, allowing ourselves to play victim to our current circumstances. Now is the time to grow. God promises us that He will use the rough experiences in our lives to bring healing, but we have to allow Him to work.
Let yourself be lost, but don’t lose yourself. It’s okay to walk away from a broken heart feeling dazed and confused about who we truly are. Broken hearts change us. But let that change bring you to a place where you become more of who He created you to be.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139 13:14
God created you to be you, not the person your ex, boss, or best friend wants you to be!
Remember that this is the end to this chapter, not your story. Just because the future you had planned didn’t work out, doesn’t mean you don’t have a future. Sometimes our timetables are not the ones God had planned for us. And that’s okay. If God knows the desires of your heart better than you, there is no way your story will end with it being broken. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) promises us exactly this when it says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Six months ago a chapter of my life ended and I was faced with a choice to either cave to my circumstances or rise to the challenge. As I sat asking God what was next, never would I have imagined myself sitting in a new state, working my dream job. No, it was not my plan, but it was a plan that has brought over 36 kids into a relationship with Christ and healed many areas of my life that were deeply scarred. Navigating broken relationships and dreams is a tricky path. Don’t let it break you, let it break the chains that are holding you back from the plans God has for you.
Today, what’s next? What steps do you need to take to find and experience healing?