The Broken Way

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While at my son Preston’s football game, I had a moving conversation with another team mom. It was the first time we’d ever connected beyond socially expected niceties. Between cheers that went up to our football-playing boys, she stumbled upon the fact that I was a Jesus-loving girl and was excited to share about how God has intimately drawn her heart to his over the past five years… how He met her where she was and ministered to her through the hands of others. How He sparked life into her soul through His Son Jesus Christ.

She was radiant and she spoke with excitement, joy in every sentence, praise on her tongue for the God who gives her strength and life. This dear lady opened her heart and told me of her grueling battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 35 – as a wife and mother to three small children. Initially, she was angry with God for allowing a disease to ravage her body, furious that her husband and children might have to live without her. Though she fought to understand the “why” of it all, she confidently testifies that God used the pain-filled journey on the broken road of cancer to lead her to saving Grace. She’s now grateful for the broken way that God breathed new life into her soul as she battled death in her body.

As she spoke, the troubles of my life faded to a humble corner of my heart.

Her words reminded me that God really can and should be glorified through each hard place we find ourselves in.

I was freshly reminded to trust God.

“This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him” (Psalm 91:2 NLT).

Life is filled with challenges.

The struggles we endure often leave our hearts breaking and our minds aching for reprieve.

In times like these, I treasure the truths in Psalm 91. The Lord is our refuge. He is our protector, our safety, our fortress.

We can rest in the shadow of His presence.

We can trust Him.

No matter what.

I’ve not personally battled cancer, but I have experienced my fair share of times when I’ve been crushed by circumstances that are beyond my control … just like my football-mom friend. As a wife, mother, daughter, and friend, I’ve learned that hard times are inevitable, and they hurt.

Toward the end of our conversation about her cancer and faith, my new friend confided that fear still tries to invade her days. She said that she constantly has to choose faith and to trust God instead of dwelling on the possibilities of another future diagnosis.

Everyone doubts at times.

We all fail to trust.

But Scripture assures us that even when we are faithless, God remains faithful. As we walk broken paths that challenge our faith, the truth remains that God does deliver in and through the pain. Though there are struggles that we might take to the grave with us, God is still good, and each hard place we face is an opportunity for Jesus to show His power in and through our lives.

Dear Lord, I’m sorry for the times I’ve tried to navigate the broken paths of life on my own. When my heart is heavy with burdens, please give me Your strength and remind my soul to trust You. I need Your guidance and power today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


When in your life has God led you through an intense challenge? What would it look like for you to trust that He can and will make a way for your broken paths to be made straight today?

Let’s pray together today. Meet me in the comments section to share your heart and pray for one another.

Comments 3

  1. Thanks Gwen, I needed that reminder today. I have just been asked to come back for a 2nd mammogram. My mind is heavy of the possibilities of another diagnosis, having survived the first one. So join me in prayer today to remind myself to choose faith and Trust God.

  2. I know that God makes a way with my broken paths. I think I just forget that and try to “fix” everything in my way and my time. I need to lean into him instead of trying to do it all alone. Thank you for this reminder today. I needed it.

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