Whether we admit it or not, we're all broken in some way or another. We live in a society where we're taught not to admit this. Appearing to be strong and have it all together is how we learn to live.
And this sometimes works well - for a season. We can keep it all together for a time - keep everything looking good to the world around us.
But, this is fragile. Often just one more thing happening away from our perfect picture being shattered and our true brokenness revealed.
We dread this moment. We try to avoid it. We'll do almost anything to keep it from happening.
Yet, when the moment comes when our true brokenness is revealed there's a sense of relief that comes alongside the fear of being exposed. Trying to hide what's really going on is exhausting, so deep down we're relieved when we no longer have to try to hide.
The truth is, it's in our brokenness that we find true community. It's when we allow people to see what's the facade that we form real relationships.
The thing in life we're all longing for and searching for comes from the one thing we try to avoid . . . vulnerability.
Admitting our brokenness, allowing others to see it, makes us vulnerable. So we run from it, as long as we're able, only to discover, in the end, it's what we needed all along.