You know how sometimes God points at a path that goes right through the middle of the fire and we're sure that in walking it we will be completely consumed? Yeah, it's precisely in that moment that we have a choice to make. We can choose to look for another path-- one that looks easier and less agonizing--and can temporarily avoid the breaking we feared. Or we can choose to embrace the fire and walk the path He's offered us, no matter how much we break in the process.
And you know what I've realized? It may be easier to run from the fire. It may not cost as much. But it will never never be as rewarding. In saying no to the fire we also say no to the priceless jewels He wanted to give us through the experience.
I don't know what path God has asked you to walk right now, but if it is through the fire... embrace it. Count yourself blessed.
Don't fight the breaking. Don't resist the pain. It may be that those very things are the biggest gift He could give you right now.
I've long said that pain is one of the biggest gifts God can give His children, but tonight as I look out over all the possibilities of this new year, I know it all over again and my prayer is simple...
"God if you have to break our hearts so that we love you best, then please... break our hearts. It is worth it. You are worth it."