The Beauty of Broken
Have you ever felt so broken that you didn’t see any way of coming back from it? Brokenness can come either from the circumstances forced on us or the self-infliction caused by us, and I think at some point in our lives, we all feel a little less than perfect.
Maybe you’ve made so many mistakes in your life that you believe there’s no fixing them, not even for God. Well guess what, nothing is too big for God.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Just look in the Bible and you will find multiple examples of broken people finding redemption.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God and yet He came up with a different plan for their lives.
David had his friend killed to be with his wife. Broken, David called out for forgiveness and God blessed him.
Jonah ended up in the belly of a whale. I’d say he reached rock bottom. But God lifted him out of the whale and he fulfilled his mission in Nineveh.
Paul had Christians put to death until God found him on the road to Damascus, and he became a great apostle.
So you see, beauty can be found in brokenness and so can healing.
As an author, I love writing about broken and flawed people because I think readers can relate to them the most. We don’t want to read about perfect people living perfect lives. Watching the hero and heroine go from broken to restored just makes for a great romance.
When I set out to write my October Love Inspired Suspense, Framed For Murder, I wanted to show that kind of beauty and healing in my characters.
Framed for helping her partner smuggle guns—and then murdering him—CIA agent Liz Ramirez must find the evidence that will prove her innocence…before she’s caught or killed. So when her squad’s leader attempts to bring her in for questioning, she knows her future depends on convincing Aaron Foster to go rogue and help her. On the run from the rest of her team and the gun dealers who are convinced she knows the location of their missing weapons, Liz risks losing the proof that would clear her name. But will eluding her pursuers—and trying not to fall for the handsome commander—prove to be fatal?
So, wherever you are in your life, no matter how dark your world may seem, there’s mending for the shattered. Restoration for the crushed. And hope for the hopeless. It can all be found in God. You just have to look up.
Mary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading romantic suspense greats Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Soon creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith came naturally for Mary. In 2012 Mary entered the Speed Dating contest hosted by Love Inspired Suspense and later received “the call”. Writing for Love Inspired Suspense has been a dream come true. Now an inspirational romantic suspense author, Mary’s debut title, Forgotten Past, was released by Love Inspired Suspense in June 2014. Mary’s website: www.maryalford.net, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Reprinted by agreement with Vicki Hinze’s Special Project, christiansread.com.