There is a difference between being broken down and broken open. To be broken down is to allow ourselves to be defeated. To be broken open gives us opportunity towards victory. God will use us in that open brokenness. In fact, I believe God desires it. A heart that is broken open is ready to be filled with God’s grace. Physically, my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart (spirit) and my portion for ever (Psalm 73:26).
…in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. Psalm 57 I know for myself, sometimes 40 days can feel like 40 years. I believe the body can not be sustained without first sustaining the spirit. This is achieved most effectively when first and foremost our graciousness for the opportunities of each day is presented before God. Each day given is an opportunity to choose God’s will and accept the wisdom of his grace. Then on the days when every possible storm passes by our first response will be to take refuge in the strength of God’s word as we wait it out. For God’s wisdom will surely be the reward.
‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:1-11